Northern Ireland international Megan Bell signs for Rangers
Northern Ireland International Megan Bell has signed for Scottish giants Rangers.
Bell, joins on a professional contract from FA Women’s Championship side Durham for two years. She follows international teammate Demi Vance in joining the Glasgow club.
The 18-year-old has gained six senior caps for her country so far, her latest coming in the impressive 0-0 draw with Wales back in November.
Rangers Women’s and Girls Football Manager Amy McDonald said: “Despite her young age, Megan has had plenty of invaluable experiences in football.
"She has an eye for goal, which is a great thing for a midfielder to have and we are happy that she has chosen Rangers, and the project that we embarking on, as the best place for her to continue her development.”
On signing her contract Bell said: "To be honest this has been the best Christmas present for me, I just can’t wait to get started.
“I have supported Rangers since I was a kid so signing here was a bit of a no-brainer for me and that is something that makes it very special for me, because it is my team.
“It is an exciting time to join the club, what Greg (Vignal) and Amy (McDonald) are doing is really, really special and I think it can only be good for Rangers. It is a really exciting time to be part of this women’s team.
"Greg and Amy have been working very hard to bring in players and it is a really exciting time, I can’t wait to get started and meet everyone.”
With Rangers becoming the first full-time professional women’s team in the country Bell is aware how much her game could improve in her new environment, training at the Gers’ Hummel Training Centre each day.
Bell, who is a former Linfield Ladies starlet, added: "For me a full-time environment is going to be really good and I think it will benefit me a lot, I can see myself improving being able to be here every day.
“The professional side of things can only be a plus for the club and it can only take things forward.
“I am playing with Demi (Vance) and a couple of my international teammates here and that can be nothing but good for us.
“I think signing here will also boost my international career, a professional environment will only make me a better player, which will make me perform better and do better when I go to Northern Ireland.
“I am a creative player, I like to think I will be able to push and try and get into the starting line-up.”
Bell won three Women's Premiership titles, two Irish Cups, three League Cups and two County Antrim Cup winners' medals at the Blues.
She joins goalkeepers Jenna Fife and Megan Cunningham and midfielders Demi Vance and Kirsten Reilly as new arrivals at the Gers. They were all signed last month.
Bell could be set to make her debut for the club when they kick off their SWPL season next month at home to Hearts.
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