June 19,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – In anticipation of the July 21, Glasgow Rangers International Friendly, presented by Coast Capital Savings, Victoria Highlanders FC will spotlight the incoming Rangers roster, beginning with the goalkeepers. The Rangers are coming off a campaign that saw them go unbeaten in league play and secure the Scottish Professional Football League One title, earning themselves a promotion to Scottish football’s second tier of the league. The team was led by a trio of keepers throughout their successful 2013-14 season with Cammy Bell, Steve Simonsen, and Scott Gallacher all seeing action throughout the season.
Dumfries, UK native Cameron ‘Cammy’ Bell made 30 appearances for the ‘Gers in 2013-14 league play. Bell finished with 27 wins and three draws in those contests. He ended the season with a 0.56 goals against average and an impressive 18 clean sheets. The 27-year-old played one match for the Scottish national team in 2010, when he was brought on as a substitute in a friendly against Faroe Islands. Bell was called up to the national team again in 2012 for a friendly against Luxenbourg, but he didn’t see any playing time.
Bell’s longest tenure was with Scottish football club Kilmarnock FC. He made 131 appearances between 2002-2013 for the club from East Ayrshire. During the 2012 campaign, Kilmarnock reached the Scottish League Cup Final against Celtic. It was Bell that stole the spotlight during the match as he led his team to a 1-0 win and was named ‘Man of the Match’. In April, 2013 Bell signed a contract to become a member of Rangers FC. Playing 30 of the Rangers 36 league matches, Bell helped the historic club from Glasgow become the first Rangers team to go unbeaten in league play.
Simonsen hails from South Shields, England and has a wealth of experience in the English Premier League (EPL). The 34-year-old came over to Rangers FC last season after spending eight appearances with Scottish Premiership club Dundee. The veteran ‘keeper finished the 2013-14 Rangers FC season with two appearances. He won both appearances and did not give up a goal. Simonsen started his professional football career at the age of 16 when he suited up for Tranmere Rovers FC.
Early in his career, Simonsen made 37 appearances for EPL club Everton between 1998-2004, before moving to Stoke City of the EPL where he made 187 appearances between 2004-2010. He was a member of the 2007-08 Stoke City squad that were Runner-Ups in the Football League Championship. He also represented England on the U-21 national team in 1999, winning all four of his appearances.
The Bellshill, Scotland native made three appearances for Rangers FC last season and won all three while conceding just one goal. The youngest ‘keeper on the first team, at 24-years-old, Gallacher won back-to-back U-19 league and couple doubles in 2006-07 and 2007-08 with the Rangers’ organization. His debut with Glasgow came in a 4-0 win over Albion Rovers. The signing of Steve Simonsen allowed Ally McCoist to place Gallacher on loan to Airdrieonians FC. In eight matches with Airdrieonians FC, Gallacher recorded two wins and six losses to go along with 1.88 goals against average.
With the generous support of Coast Capital Savings, the 2014 Glasgow Rangers International Friendly will see the 2008 UEFA Cup runners-up arriving in Victoria, July 21 to take on the 2013 Premier Development Leagues’s Western Conference Champions, 6 p.m. at Centennial Stadium. For tickets and more information please visit www.highlandersfc.ca