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Hazel's Moss move gathers pace

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Wed, 22 May 2013 13:11:00

Rangers have signed Scotland international goalkeeper Cammy Bell from Kilmarnock for next season.

The 26-year-old, who was a free agent after his contract at Rugby Park expired, will be registered as a Rangers player from September 1, but will join the squad for pre-season training next month.

Bell, who won his only cap for Scotland against the Faroe Islands in 2010, made 115 appearances for Kilmarnock after joining them in July 2003, as well as playing 15 games for Queen of the South during a loan spell in 2008/9.

Bell told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to become a Rangers player.

"It's been a long time coming for me. It's great just to be here at a club of this size and a club I always followed as a youngster. It's just a dream come true really.

"I think I've got enough experience now. I've played for a few years in the SPL and I've got that behind me.

"I needed to do that before I moved on and I had opportunities to move before now, it wasn't right though as I needed a bit longer.

"I think now is the right time for me to step on and it's a no brainer, it didn't take me long to make the decision.

"It's a massive club and it's one of the biggest clubs in Europe so there was no way I was going to turn down the chance to be a Rangers player."

The Parkhead outfit will line-up against Pat Fenlon's men at Hampden on Sunday following an exhausting campaign both home and abroad.

This weekend's showdown will be Celtic's 59th match after claiming the Scottish Premier League title, reaching the last 16 of the Champions League and marching to the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

Ten members of Neil Lennon's squad have racked up 40 games or more, with goalkeeper Fraser Forster and striker Gary Hooper clocking up a clean half century of appearances.

And Lustig - who faces two World Cup qualifiers next month before he will be able to fly off for his summer break - admits the Glasgow giants are weary.

The right-back, who turned out 37 times for his club this term, said: "Is there a sense of tiredness to the squad? Yeah, I think so. Playing 50 games is a lot. It will be the same next year. Hopefully we are going to play in Europe again.

"We know there is a lot of games involved and you have to try and be alert in your head.

"The manager has given a few of the boys time off and that was the right move. We need to have a rest mentally, time to not think about football.

"Some of the boys will only get three weeks off and then it will be 11 months of football again. That's a lot.

"I'm away with Sweden after the cup final. We play Austria away and the Faroe Islands at home in the World Cup qualifiers. It's another three weeks before I can rest but hopefully I can handle that.

"Hopefully we will have a strong squad next year so I don't think I will have to play 60 or 70 games next year."

Lustig could yet be given this weekend off, admitting he is uncertain of whether he or defensive rival Adam Matthews will be given the nod to start.

Matthews has not featured for the Parkhead side since injuring his hamstring in the second-leg defeat to Juventus in Turin in March as Celtic's Champions League adventure was halted at the first knockout hurdle.

But Lustig said: "I'm not guaranteed a start. We will see what happens with Adam first, to see if he is going to be fit or not. Maybe I'll play or not, maybe I'll be at right-back or centre-half, I don't know.

"I'm just hoping that I will play."

Should the Swede land a place in the team that lines up against the Easter Road men, he insists he will be desperate to walk off with his second winner's medal of the season.

But he rejects the notion that a failure to land the Double will mean Celtic's season has been a let-down.

"I want to go on my holidays as a winner," he said. "But I think it has been a great season anyway.

"One of our goals was doing well in Europe and we did that. The other was winning the league and we've done that too. Our season has been really great but if we manage to do the double, then it would be terrific."

Hazel, who has signed a new one-year contract with the Spireites, has flown out to Norway where he will spend the week and discuss the potential move.

Any deal with the third-tier side would be a six-month loan.

Blues boss Paul Cook said: "There are areas of Jacob's game that he must improve and we feel that he needs a bit more time because he has the priceless ability to score goals.

"Six months in a foreign country would be a great experience for him and it would further his football education."

Hazel made his Chesterfield debut as a substitute in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Oldham in September.

The 19-year-old then made his League debut shortly afterwards in a 2-2 draw at York before loans spells at Matlock Town and Workington later in the season.

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