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After six months out, Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell confirms he's finally returning to training

Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell has confirmed that he's closing in on a return to first team action.

It's far to say that Rangers fans really need a boost right now.

The off-field issues surrounding the club show no signs of disappearing any time soon, whilst on the pitch they lost 2-0 to Old Firm rivals Celtic and were dumped out of the Scottish Cup at home to Raith Rovers in the space of seven days.

The arrival of five Newcastle loanees was a positive, with Remie Streete, Kevin Mbabu, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic all arriving from St. James' Park - only for three players to arrive injured before Streete was substituted prior to half time against Raith Rovers with a knock.

However, fans have been given a lift with the news that regular first choice goalkeeper Cammy Bell is finally set to return to football.

Bell, 28, joined Rangers from Kilmarnock back in 2013, and made 39 appearances last season as Rangers were promoted to the second tier of Scottish football.

With one cap for the Scotland national team, Bell is highly rated, but suffered a shoulder injury in the opening weeks of the season, ruling him for what is now six months.

Yet in an interview with the Rangers official website, Bell confirmed that he's close to a return, having started training again.

"I went to see the surgeon on Friday and he's given me the all clear to start diving at training. I've been out for the last couple of weeks working on mainly on handling and I've done some diving already," said Bell.

"He gave me the all clear and said that everything is looking great and the next stage is to get back diving on my shoulder and get back to full training as soon as possible," he continued.

It's a boost for manager Kenny McDowall, with deputy Steve Simonsen enduring a tough afternoon against Celtic recently, but Bell did also say that he's still a few weeks away from training at full speed.

"I'm probably about another week or two away from being back training properly with the other goalkeepers. I was out diving on it yesterday and it felt good so I'm looking forward to getting back working with the goalies again," he added.

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