Cammy Bell

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Cammy Bell
Personal information
Full name Cameron Bell[1]
Date of birth (1986-09-18) 18 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Dundee United
Number 1
Youth career
Annan Athletic
000?–2002 Queen of the South
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Kilmarnock 115 (0)
2007 Montrose (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Queen of the South (loan) 15 (0)
2013–2016 Rangers 43 (0)
2016– Dundee United 7 (0)
National team
2010 Scotland 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:27, 24 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2010

Cameron "Cammy" Bell (born 18 September 1986) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Dundee United in the Scottish Championship.

He began his senior career with Kilmarnock and, after loan spells with Montrose and Queen of the South, went on to play over 100 matches for the club and win the Scottish League Cup in 2012. Bell joined Rangers in 2013, helping them to the Scottish League One title in his first season. He moved to Dundee United in June 2016. Bell has represented Scotland once, in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Bell was born in Dumfries and was on the books of local club Queen of the South as a youngster and was also part of the youth set up at Annan Athletic. Bell moved from Queens to Kilmarnock in 2002.[2] In 2006, he extended his contract with Kilmarnock although he had not yet appeared for the first team.[3]

In the 2006–07 season Bell had a spell on loan at Montrose, getting a taste of first team football.[4][5] Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies said in November 2007 that he was prepared to allow Bell to go out on loan once he had fully recovered from a cruciate injury.[6] Bell recalled his cruciate injury affected his career after Kilmarnock's physio believes he might never play for the club.[7]

In July 2008, Bell was loaned out by Kilmarnock to his home town club Queen of the South,[8] having been in the Queens squad as a trialist for their two previous pre-season matches. Bell made his debut for Queens on 17 August 2008 at Palmerston Park in a 2–0 win against Partick Thistle.[9] Bell retained his place to make his European debut in the second leg of the UEFA Cup second qualification round game against FC Nordsjælland on 26 August. After the match against Livingston, which Queen of the South win 6–1 on 4 October 2008, Bell was in an incident moments later in a Dumfries bar, which results him a broken jaw, but managed to recover two weeks later.[10] The last of his 15 league games for QoS, a 2–1 home defeat by Dunfermline Athletic, was on 13 December 2008. Bell soon suffered an back-injury after damaging discs in his back.[11] After this, he returned to Kilmarnock.[12][13] During his loan spell at both clubs, Bell says when he injured his knee that he feared he would never play football again.[14]


2009–10 season[edit]

Bell made his debut for Kilmarnock in the final game of the 2008–09 season, a 2–1 win over Motherwell. After the season, He signed a new one-year contract with the club, as his contract was set to expire this summer.[15] After signing a new deal with Kilmarnock, manager Jim Jefferies hinted that Bell faced a battle in order to become a first choice goalkeeper.[16] Bell played in the first two games of the 2009–10 season for Kilmarnock in place of injured first choice goalkeeper Alan Combe.[17] Mark Brown was brought in on loan to cover for Combe,[18] but Brown returned to parent club Celtic in January 2010. Bell then became the established first choice goalkeeper for Kilmarnock as Combe was injured for the most of the 2009–10 season. A month after Brown returned to Celtic, Bell was in the squad when Kilmarnock beat Celtic 1–0 on 2 February 2010.[19] After the match, newly manager Jimmy Calderwood praised Bell, describing his performance as 'fabulous'.[20] At the end of the 2009–10 season, because he signed a new contract last season, his contract was extended automatically as he had made the number of starts stipulated in the contract.[15]

2010–11 season[edit]

Bell remained first pick for the start of the 2010–11 season, with his performances attracting attention from Scotland manager Craig Levein. In November 2010, manager Mixu Paatelainen said he had started negotiating a new contract for Bell.[21] After two months negotiations, Bell signed a new long-term deal.[22] Upon signing a contract, manager Paatelainen believes Bell should stay and remain as a first choice goalkeeper, rather move on, believing his career will greatly decline, having been linked with Aberdeen and Rangers.[23] Soon after, Bell was left out of the line-up unexpectedly over dispute on a new deal, which appeared to be rejected by Bell and also lead a fallout between him and Paatelainen.[24] The following month, the club soon make their last chance effort to keep Bell – with a new contract.[25] Bell would then return to the line-up and would keep his place until the end of the season. Bell, himself, says he made amend with Paatelainen – right before he left and is prepared to sign a new deal.[26] Despite the amend, Bell revealed that Paatelainen put him through by costing his place in the international team and wasn't treated fairly at the club.[27]

2011–12 season[edit]

At the end of the season, clubs including St Mirren[28] and AaB were linked with signing Bell.[29] Eventually, under new manager Kenny Shiels, who previously Paatelainen's assistant manager, Shiels persuaded him to stay at the club by turning down a big money offer to South Africa[30] Shiels persuasion's led Bell to sign a new deal, which kept him until 2013.[31] Shortly signing a contract, Bell says he reject big money move because it wasn't finance and Shiels was delighted with his [Bell] decision.[32]

The next season, Bell played the first ten games before suffering an elbow injury in mid-October, which left him out for about a month during the international campaign with Scotland.[33] While sidelined, Bell went to a specialist to have injections to end his injury.[34] On 18 March, Bell played in the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final which Kilmarnock won after beating Celtic 1–0. Bell was awarded the Man of the Match award, pulling off several stunning saves.[35] In a wake of Liam Kelly's father, who died of a heart attack when he saw his son attending the match, Bell thoughts says "I would rather take a defeat than someone's dad dying. You think about your own dad when that happens.".[36] A week after the victorious final, Bell was linked with a move to West Ham United after a stunning season at Kilmarnock[37]

2012–13 season[edit]

Early in the 2012–13 season, Bell suffered a wrist injury which will keep him out for ten weeks during a 2–1 loss against Motherwell.[38] Following a surgery, Bell says he will be back in six weeks, instead of his original recovery.[39] After two months on the sidelines, Bell made a return to training from injury.[40] Week after making a recovery, Bell was in goal on 28 October 2012 when Kilmarnock made historic win at Celtic Park against Celtic. The victory was Kilmarnock's first win in the East End of Glasgow for 57 years.[41] However, on his next appearance, Bell received a straight red card when he fouled an opposition player in the penalty box, which Inverness beat Kilmarnock 2–1. After the match, the club immediately appeal for his sending off, but his appeal was held, making him available for the next game.[42] His transfer speculation continued until newspaper claims that Bell signed a five-year deal with Kilmarnock.[43] However, in an unexpected turn of an event, Bell revealed he yet signed a contract with the club, having also revealed that he had talks to a number of different clubs.[44] Bell was also linked with Ipswich Town, which was claimed by Shiels. However, it results a rift between Shiels and Mick McCarthy.[45] Following Antonio Reguero pre-contract signing for Kilmarnock, confirming that Bell will leave Kilmarnock.

In a match against Hibernian on 5 May 2013, which the supporter died during the match, causing the match to be abandoned, Bell says:[46]


On 7 April 2013, Bell signed a pre-contract with Rangers.[47] Throughout the 2012–13 season, Bell had been linked with Rangers several times as his contract was due to expire at the end of the season.[48][49] Bell, told the Rangers official website that "It's been a long time coming for me. It's great just to be here at a club of this size and a club I always followed as a youngster. It's just a dream come true really." [50] Upon the move, former goalkeeper Andy Goram said he believed Bell could be a success at the club and that it was also a perfect opportunity for him.[51] Bell made his Rangers debut on 31 August 2013, against East Fife playing as a trialist as the club's new signings couldn't be registered until 1 September 2013, due to their transfer embargo.[52] He became the first choice goalkeeper and played regularly as Rangers won the Scottish League One championship.

Bell suffered a shoulder injury in August 2014.[53] The injury kept him out of action for the rest of the year and prompted Rangers to sign another goalkeeper, Lee Robinson.[53] Rangers finished third in the Championship and reached the play-off final for promotion to the Scottish Premiership, but lost 6–1 on aggregate to Motherwell.[54] Bell made an error for the first Motherwell goal in the second leg of the tie.[54] New signing Wes Foderingham became the first-choice Rangers goalkeeper under the management of Mark Warburton. Bell did not make any first team appearances for Rangers during the 2015–16 season, as Foderingham retained the starting position. He left the club by mutual consent during the 2016 close season.

Dundee United[edit]

Bell signed for Dundee United on 22 June 2016 on a two-year contract.[55] In a league game against Dunfermline on 10 September 2016, Bell achieved the unusual feat of saving three penalty kicks in the same game.[56][57]

International career[edit]

Bell was first called up to the senior Scotland squad on 4 October 2010 for the European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Spain, after Matt Gilks dropped out through injury.[58] He made his Scotland debut, as a 68th-minute substitute replacing Craig Gordon, against the Faroe Islands on 16 November 2010 in a 3–0 friendly win at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.[59] He injured his arm during October 2011 in Spain after he saved from a David Goodwillie shot in training and later complained about pain. A scan showed he had damaged tendons. Bell was again called up to the Scotland squad for a friendly against Luxembourg in November 2012.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 15 July 2016[60][61]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kilmarnock 2008–09 Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
2010–11 31 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 35 0
2011–12 32 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 38 0
2012–13 30 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
Kilmarnock total 115 0 10 0 6 0 0 0 131 0
Montrose (loan) 2006–07 Scottish Third Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Queen of the South (loan) 2008–09 Scottish First Division 15 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 18 0
Rangers 2013–14 Scottish League One 31 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 39 0
2014–15 Scottish Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 18 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rangers total 42 0 5 0 0 0 10 0 57 0
Dundee United 2016–17 Scottish Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 176 0 15 0 8 0 12 0 211 0


Scotland national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 1 0
Total 1 0






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