Not A Done Deal
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2013
Cammy Bell is keeping his options open as to who he will sign his next contract with.
Cammy Bell insists he has not yet agreed a pre-contract agreement with any club and is committed to Kilmarnock until the end of the season. There have been rumours circulating that Bell was close to agreeing a deal with Rangers that would see him join the Ibrox club after their transfer embargo ends on 1 September. However, while Bell acknowledges his agent has spoken to a number of clubs including Rangers he was adamant that a move has yet to be agreed. The Scotland keeper admits there is still a chance he could stay with Killie in the SPL.
Bell said: "There has been discussions but I haven't signed anything with anyone yet. My only focus right now is to be with Kilmarnock until the end of the season and do my best for them. I'm still in talks with Kilmarnock too and, while I know there's been a lot in the press about it, nothing has been done. My agent has spoken to a number of different clubs. It's not just one club. He's been talking to Kilmarnock for the last two or three months, and there's been three or four other clubs who have contacted him to ask about my situation. I feel it's only right that as a player I look at all avenues but nothing has been agreed yet. I'm injured at the minute and that is what I'm concentrating on."
A hip injury means Bell will not be heading to Inverness on Wednesday but staying behind with injured team-mates Rory McKeown and Cillian Sheridan. With those three first-team regulars unavailable, manager Kenny Shiels will once again put his faith in youngsters such as Ross Barbour, Mark O'Hara and William Gros having lost three players in the January transfer window. Shiels did boost his options with the free-transfer arrivals of Celtic youngster Rabiu Ibrahim and Sammy Clingan from Doncaster Reserves but resisted the urge to add loan signings to his group, opting instead to give Killie youngsters a chance. Shiels said: "We want to be a club who grows our own players and doesn't bring in loan players, because that is a real football club. I don't blame clubs for going down the loan route but what we are doing is impeccable. We're doing it the right way. Not bringing in loan players massively disadvantages you but that's the way we are going."