Rangers kit man Jimmy Bell dies aged 69 as club pay tribute to ‘legend and buddy’ who served his boyhood aspect for nearly 40 years and turned cult hero amongst followers
- Rangers introduced that their much-loved kit man Jimmy Bell has died
- He has been a key part of the Scottish club for greater than 30 years
- Club put out assertion saying: ‘We are completely devastated to study of the loss’
- He initially began out driving the crew however earlier than being promoted to kit man
Rangers have paid tribute to their legendary kit man Jimmy Bell after his demise aged 69.
Bell was a cult hero amongst followers and a part of the furnishings of his boyhood club, leaving them ‘devastated’ by his passing on Monday night time.
A club assertion learn: ‘Rangers Football Club are at the moment devastated to announce the demise of our much-loved, legendary kit man, Jimmy Bell. Jimmy, who has served the club for over 30 years and been a buddy and confidant to quite a few generations of gamers and employees, can be so sadly missed by everybody.
Jimmy Bell has died on the age of 69 and was described by Rangers as a ‘legend and buddy’
Bell, pictured right here with Ally McCoist within the dugout, was part of the furnishings at Rangers
Bell, pictured right here with Paul Gascoigne at a charity sport in March, rubbed shoulders with some legendary gamers and was a confidant to lots of them
‘A former worker of Parks’ of Hamilton, Jimmy initially drove the Rangers crew buses to matches throughout the nation, earlier than shifting on to his present position as First Team Head of Kit.’
Rangers Chairman, Douglas Park, added: ‘As a club, we’re completely devastated to study of the lack of our colleague and extra importantly, our pricey buddy, Jimmy Bell.
‘Jimmy devoted his life to Rangers Football Club. Having labored underneath managers from Graeme Souness by means of to Giovanni, he skilled a few of the best days in our 150-year historical past. Of course, he was right here throughout a few of the lowest factors, and confirmed selfless dedication, whatever the problem forward of him.
Bell celebrates the Scottish Premiership win with Walter Smith and David Lavery in 2005
‘Jimmy’s work ethic was second to none. He devoted numerous hours to preparation for every coaching session and sport. No job was too huge or too small for him, and he thrived on working for his boyhood club.
‘I spoke with Jimmy usually, having identified him from his time as a mechanic and bus driver at Park’s.
‘He was excited for Thursday night time’s sport at Ibrox, notably having skilled a European semi-final earlier than underneath Walter Smith.
‘Rangers, and Scottish soccer as an entire, have lost a legend and a buddy at the moment. He was a household man, a loyal father, grandfather and husband.
‘Jimmy can be sorely missed and I ship our heartfelt condolences to all the Bell household at this troublesome time on behalf of Rangers Football Club.’
Rangers’ Barry Ferguson jumps on Bell’s again after the Cup closing win in opposition to Celtic in 2002
Plenty of tributes additionally poured in from supporters on social media after they realized of the unhappy information.
One wrote: ‘Jimmy Bell’s 41-year affiliation with The Rangers. From becoming a member of the club as a coach driver and mechanic in 1981 to the dug out alongside the likes of Souness, Smith, McLeish and many others.
‘His requirements, traditions and superstitions are the epitome of a Ranger.’
Another posted: ‘Horrible to hear the information about Jimmy Bell passing, an absolute legend and one of many funniest/ nicest guys you might have ever met. Rest in Peace.’
‘Ahh Jimmy Bell! Undoubtedly essentially the most ready and thorough kit man to have walked the earth! A misunderstood man. Had the guts the dimensions of a home! Behind the onerous exterior was a heat and light soul! Loved his job and the Rangers.
‘Heartbreaking information! Love ya Jimmy.’
It can be an emotional night time at Ibrox when Rangers play RB Leipzig this Thursday