Bell keen to hold up Celtic party

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Cammy Bell

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell is determined to prevent Celtic celebrating on Saturday after being subjected to a title party last season.

Celtic need one point to clinch the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Rugby Park, the venue where Rangers wrapped up last season's championship with a 5-1 victory.

"We're determined to spoil it after what happened last season, we have got a lot of bad memories of that," the Scotland international said.

Rangers were three up inside seven minutes on the final day and added two more just after half-time before Kilmarnock recovered a semblance of pride.

Celtic also clinched titles at Rugby Park in 2004 and 2007 and Bell is keen to avert another party.

"For us to lose another game that cost the title being won at our stadium would not be good. The experience from last year wasn't good but the boys will take into it the game on Saturday knowing that we need to stay tight for the first half hour.

"We need to keep ourselves in the game. Last season we got ourselves out the game in the first 10 minutes, which was disappointing.

"As soon as Rangers went 3-0 up, everyone knew they were going to win the title. Hopefully this season we will keep it tight in the first half and get something in the second half."

Bell has recent experience of shutting Celtic out with his man-of-the-match display helping Killie to a 1-0 victory in the Scottish Communities League Cup final.

That performance was credited with attracting reported interest from West Ham, but Bell is focused on his Kilmarnock career. "It's nothing I know about, I just read the papers like everyone else," the 25-year-old said.

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