McCall explains why Cammy Bell missed Rangers loss, suggests return date

Cammy Bell missed Rangers’ 3-0 loss to Queen of the South.

The once-capped Scottish international missed the game, and manager Stuart McCall has told the Evening Times why he was left out of the matchday squad.

The former midfielder said: “He got a bang on his knee the other day and has got a bit of fluid on his knee a bit of swelling. It is nothing serious, nothing sinister.

“If the game had been on grass he probably would have been available. But because of the artificial pitch we felt it advisable he sit it out. He will possibly be available for Sunday.”

Bell’s injury meant that Lee Robinson started in goal for the Gers for just his seventh Championship appearance of the season. He could do nothing to stop the attacks of Queen of the South, and conceded three goals on the course to defeat.

Bell, 28, has been a vital part of Rangers’ squad since his signing from Kilmarnock on a free transfer in 2013. The stopper made 39 appearances in all competitions last season, as the Light Blues won promotion from League One, but he suffered a serious injury early this term.

This injury kept him out of action from August to March, and it is no surprise that the Gers have rediscovered their good form since his recovery. McCall has had the luck to name him in each of his first three wins since his appointment, and as soon as he was out of action Rangers fell to a loss.

McCall has suggested that Bell could be back in action this weekend, as the Gers face Raith Rovers at Ibrox, which is great news for the club looking to cement their play-off status in the Scottish Championship.

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