Everton’s Steven Naismith defends Rangers’ Cammy Bell

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Everton attacker Steven Naismith defends Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

Everton attacker Steven Naismith has written in The Sun that Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell does not deserve the criticism that he has been getting over the past few days.

Bell made a mistake for Motherwell’s opening goal of the Scottish Premiership playoff final second leg at Fir Park on Sunday.

It occurred in the 52nd minute, and thereafter Ian Baraclough’s side scored twice to win the game 3-0.

Having won the first leg 3-1 at Ibrox in Glasgow last week, Motherwell won the Premiership playoff final 6-1 on aggregate.

Former Rangers attacker Naismith has defended Bell, and has urged the Gers fans not to be too harsh on the 28-year-old Scotland international.

“Listen, I know things will still be raw among Rangers fans right now,” Naismith wrote in The Scottish Sun. “I’m one myself and I’d hoped they’d win and go up.

“But Cammy shouldn’t be painted as the villain of the piece in the wake of the disappointment at not making it. Not after the way he has kept Rangers in games so many times this season…

“I know he’s a great goalie. In many games where we’ve played together he’s ended up being the one who has saved us in a game.”

Bell joined Rangers on a free transfer in the summer of 2013 after his contract with Kilmarnock ran out.

The goalkeeper signed a four-year deal with the Glasgow giants, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.

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