CAMMY BELL was delighted to overcome his Fir Park jinx as he helped Dundee United to a 2-1 win over St Mirren in the Irn-Bru Challenge Cup Final success.

The keeper hit rock bottom at Motherwell’s ground two years ago after his howler for The Rangers in the Premiership play-off defeat.

He mishandled a simple lob into the penalty box from Marvin Johnson and presented Well with a goal on the Lanarkshire club’s way to a convincing 6-1 two-legged victory.

And the Tannadice No. 1 admitted the competition was giving him nightmares after losing with Gers to Raith Rovers and then being benched when the Ibrox men won it against Peterhead at Hampden last season.

Bell said: “The lowest point in my career was actually my last game at Fir Park in the play-off final against Motherwell. It was such a difficult day for me.

“I’m a senior player and I take the responsibility on my shoulders. I know that day I made a massive mistake and I got a lot of criticism for it.

“It was up to me to try to move on from that and learn from it, too, and I have done that.

“I think it has made me a stronger character and the move to Dundee United has been brilliant for me.

“The manager has been fantastic and has even made me captain. I feel like I owe the gaffer a lot and this one was my way of saying thanks to him.”

Bell added: “It’s third time lucky for me in this Final. Last year I was on the bench with Rangers, but, to be honest, I kind of dismiss it because I didn’t play a part in them winning it.

“It was tough not to play a part last year. This year is different and it has been great to play more.

“I’m delighted to win it this year because the Raith Rovers game was a really disappointing one for me and for Rangers. It was a tough one to take at the time.

“Throughout my career, I have had a lot of highs and a lot of lows, but you have to learn from every experience be it good or bad.

“You have to always enjoy the highs when you come along because there is always someone waiting to kick you back done to earth again.

”It’s a massive win for us because the run we have been on has been difficult for us. Going into the game, we had huge expectations on us because it’s a massive club.

“It’s a great achievement for us and for the young lads in the squad it’s a great one to be involved in.

“It’s a game with a lot of pressure and they handled it well to win the trophy. You don’t win many medals in your career, so you have to be proud of the wins you do get – I know I am.”

Tony Andreu hit the opener for Ray McKinnon’s outfit in the 37th minute, but Rory Loy produced a quickfire leveller.

Thomas Mikkelsen struck 15 minutes from time to take the trophy to Tayside.


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