CRAIG BELLAMY will not celebrate if he scores for Liverpool FC against hometown club Cardiff City at Wembley on Sunday.
And the Liverpool FC striker has claimed he won’t lose any sleep if Kenny Dalglish’s side fail to bring home the Carling Cup.
Bellamy, who played for Cardiff last season while on loan from Manchester City, admits to mixed emotions facing the npower Championship outfit.
The 32-year-old missed last Sunday’s FA Cup romp against Brighton and Hove Albion with a back spasm but is expected to be available.
Bellamy, though, has too much respect for his former club to go overboard should he find the target at the weekend.
“It will be strange situation as it’s the first time I’ve ever played against them,” said the Wales international. “It’s not something I’ve looked forward to doing, to be honest.
“My father’s a big Cardiff fan and it’s the club I used to go to when I was very young.
“I set one ambition in my life to play for them, and I was able to do that. I fulfilled a dream playing there.
“I certainly won’t celebrate if I score. I tried not to against Man City, I tried to hold myself back. Really I didn’t celebrate that much, but in the occasion and the moment you get a little bit carried away.
“I have no aspirations of celebrating. But I have to be on the pitch first and foremost before I think about scoring.”
Of his fitness, Bellamy added: “It is fine. My back spasmed up after I came on against Manchester United a week and a bit ago, and it just got a little bit worse during the week instead of improving.
“The manager said ‘look, if you need an injection then get it done now because we have a lot of games coming up’. It’s such a busy period, so get it sorted just in case. I start training on Thursday, so I’m fine at the moment.”
The much-travelled Bellamy has yet to win a major honour in England, with his only silverware the 2006 Community Shield won during his first spell at Liverpool.
And although on the brink of ending that drought, the experienced attacker is taking a relaxed approach to the prospect of missing out.
Bellamy said: “Honestly, if I win, I win. If I don’t, I don’t. I will not lose one second of sleep over it. Not one.
“I have enjoyed my career, I’ve had a great career. Is my career defined by trophies? No. I’m very fortunate to play this game, I’ve achieved more than I set out to achieve.
“Off the top of my head, I don’t know where my Scottish Cup medal is. I don’t have a photo of the game anywhere in my house. I just set out to win every game I play in, and if I win trophies because of that then great.
“I know people might not understand when I say that I’m not a failure if I don’t win trophies. Far from it.
“I’ve gone in with that attitude over the last few months and it’s amazing I’ve got through to a final straight away. I’m going to carry on that approach.”