CAMMY Bell has hit out at Dundee United after he found out he was up for sale from social media.

However, the goalkeeper insists that Tannadice boss Ray McKinnon remains on his friends list.

United raised eyebrows last week when they took to Twitter to announce Bell had been transfer-listed and it irked the goalkeeper, who felt the move left him open to ridicule.

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The 30-year-old eventually agreed a deal to cut his ties with the Tayside outfit and has since returned to former club Kilmarnock.

“It just got a little bit messy and I wasn’t best pleased,” he admitted. “I actually said to [United] that I felt it had been handled poorly with the Twitter thing.

“I don’t think anything should have become public from myself or from them.

“I was disappointed, to be honest, that it ended like that.”

Bell insists, however, that he bears no grudge despite the manner in which he was shown the door.

He added: “It’s in the past now. I didn’t leave with any bad blood. I had a great time there and enjoyed it.

“I’m still good friends with the manager. We shook hands when I left and I wished them all the best.”

Bell is now back at the club where he started his career before making a 2013 switch to Rangers.

However, he faces a battle to claim the number one jersey at Rugby Park after Killie boss Lee McCulloch announced he would be staying loyal to Jamie MacDonald.

There has been suggestions that McCulloch might give Bell a starting slot in the club’s Betfred Cup clash with Celtic this evening.

But the former Scotland international admits he has no idea if he will be between the posts at Parkhead.

“I’ll be perfectly honest and say I don’t know if I’ll be in the team,” he confessed. “But I do know I will have to fight for my place.

“Jamie is a very good goalkeeper and I know it’s competition that brings the best out in people.

“When I was last here it took me a long time to dislodge Alan Combe so it’s nothing new to me. I just have to prove to the manager I’m good enough to play every week. I wouldn’t have signed for the club if I didn’t think I could become the number one.

“I know it won’t be easy but it’s up to me to put pressure on Jamie.

“All the manager has told me is that he wants competition for places and if I do end up getting the shirt, it’s up to me to keep it.

“I know I’m not here just to be a number two and that’s all I needed to hear.”

As Celtic prepare to get the defence of their Betfred Cup title under way, assistant manager Chris Davies revealed there is “constant dialogue” about the possibility of Patrick Roberts returning to Parkhead.

The 20-year-old spent 18 months on loan at the Glasgow club before returning to Manchester City at the end of last season.

He has been linked with a move to French club Nice but Davies insisted the Scottish champions still retain hope.

“They have been talking and the situation is always open to a certain extent because the transfer window is still open,” Davies said. “Patrick is someone we really enjoyed working with and there is obviously always going to be home here for Patrick if that suits everybody.“The exact situation for Pat and Man City will be between him and the club at the moment.“All I know is we value and rate the player and I am sure that if is right for everybody then something will be done, but we can’t really control that at the moment.“There is constant dialogue.”|

“He has been involved in games and stuff with Manchester City but it is not too dissimilar to other players and agents we talk to and keep in touch with.

“That’s a normal process, not just with Pat.

“He his playing for Manchester City so I can’t comment too much on it.

“All I can tell you from my side and speaking for the manager is how much we enjoyed working with him and the rest will take care of itself.”

mfl One of Brendan Rodgers’ summer signings, Jonny Hayes, is desperate to make his mark at Celtic.

However, the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland winger’s love of playing football does not extend to watching it too much.

“As much as I don’t watch football, I enjoy playing it,” said Hayes, who signed a three-year deal from Aberdeen.

“I have a toddler to run round after, he keeps me on my toes. He probably watches more football than I do.

“I have always been one for playing football.

“Going back to when I was a kid during the 1998 World Cup final, I was outside in the garden playing football by myself while all my family were indoors watching it.

“I think I had a replica France top on at the time.

“I played football morning, noon and night. As soon as I was home from school it was straight out to play, come in for dinner, watch Power Rangers I think it was at the time, and back out until it got dark.

“As much as it is my job, I do love playing football. I just don’t have as much love to watch it, unless obviously the manager tells me I need to watch something, or I need to study up on a little bit.

“But no, never been one for watching too much.”