Bell impresses as Rangers keep winning

Ayr United's Gordon Pope  and Rangers' Jon Daly battle for the ball during the Scottish League One match at Somerset Park, Ayr.
Ayr United's Gordon Pope and Rangers' Jon Daly battle for the ball during the Scottish League One match at Somerset Park, Ayr.

Another win, another three points and one step closer to the League One title for Rangers – but this 2-0 win over Ayr United at Somerset Park was hard-fought against a side who took no prisoners right from the opening seconds.

Nicky Law gave Ally McCoist’s side the lead just after the break before Jon Daly headed home Lee Wallace’s delivery to seal all three points for the visitors.

However it was the performance of Ger’s keeper Cammy Bell that drew plaudits with full-back Richard Foster the latest to call for international recognition for the custodian who produced several outstanding saves.

Foster said: “Cammy Bell had a couple of great saves – he’s a top-class goalkeeper, a great shot-stopper who makes instinctive saves at big times during a game, a bit like Allan McGregor. Obviously there’s several contenders for the upcoming Scotland game in Warsaw – like McGregor himself and David Marshall who is a very good ‘keeper.

“Lee Wallace has played for Scotland and is an inspiration to us all.”

Foster impressed at Somerset Park, in what was his first start in four weeks, and certainly staked a claim to retaining his place in the weeks ahead, even when Lee McCulloch and Bilel Mohsni are available.

“It was good to be back in the team. The side has been doing really well and while it’s frustrating when you’re trying to get in it’s good for the manager that he has a squad of fifteen or sixteen to choose from.

“All I can do when I play is try to do enough to be in the manager’s thoughts. There’s plenty of games to come to work my way back in.

“I was unfortunate to get injured but Sebastien Faure has been doing well. No player has a divine right to a first-team slot – but I’m really enjoying my time at the club and want to play in every single game,” he added.

Manager Ally McCoist was another who paid tribute to goalkeeper Bell.

“He’s made a few great saves and he’s doing really well for us,” said McCoist.

“That’s another clean sheet and he should be very proud of that. That was as good a performance as you will see from any goalkeeper in the country. He’s been top class and looking back through history Rangers ‘keepers have always been called upon to make saves at crucial times.”

The Ibrox boss also had praise for replacement central defenders Cribari and Faure.

He continued: “I was delighted with Emilson and Seb. Big Kevin Kyle can be a handful for any centre back pairing. Cribari has got great experience and I was pleased with the two of them, as well as Richard Foster.”

Needless to say McCoist was also delighted with the win.

“Conditions were difficult,” he explained. “I don’t know if we would have lost the game twelve months ago but we certainly have more about us this year, there is no doubt about that.

“We’ve got miles to go but there’s definitely an improvement.”