‘More than a kitman’ – Tributes pour in for beloved Rangers legend Jimmy Bell after sudden death

Tributes poured in for longtime Rangers kitman Jimmy Bell following his sudden death.

The childhood Gers fan worked for the club for over 30 years, working under Graeme Souness until current boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Bell spent 30 years working for Rangers and was a much-loved figure
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Bell initially drove the Rangers team buses for matches around the country, before moving into his role as first-team kit manager.

The popular staff member’s death was announced by Rangers on Tuesday morning. He had been in the technical area alongside Van Bronckhorst as Rangers drew 1-1 in the Old Firm derby at Celtic on Sunday.

Chairman Douglas Park told the Rangers website: “As a club, we are absolutely devastated to learn of the loss of our colleague and, more importantly, our dear friend, Jimmy Bell.

“Jimmy has dedicated his life to Rangers Football Club. Having worked under managers ranging from Graeme Souness to Giovanni, it has had some of the happiest days in our 150 year history.

“Of course, he was here during some of the lowest points and showed selfless dedication to whatever challenge lay ahead.

“Jimmy’s work ethic was second to none. He has put in countless hours preparing for every training session and every game. No job was too big or too small for him, and he thrived working for his boyhood club.

'More than a kitman' - Tributes pour in for beloved Rangers legend Jimmy Bell after sudden death
Bell has worked under every Rangers manager since Souness

“I spoke with Jimmy regularly, knowing him since he was a mechanic and bus driver at Park’s. He was excited for Thursday night’s game at Ibrox [against RB Leipzig]having notably experienced a European semi-final under Walter Smith.

“Rangers, and Scottish football as a whole, lost a legend and a friend today. He was a devoted family man, father, grandfather and husband.

“Jimmy will be greatly missed and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Bell family at this difficult time on behalf of Rangers Football Club.”

talkSPORT host Jim White paid a moving tribute to Bell shortly after Rangers broke the news.

White, a Glasgow-born Rangers fan, said: “Rangers get into action in the Europa League on Thursday night, the second leg of their semi-final. Ibrox will jump, they are against RB Leipzig one goal from the first leg.

“But they will go into this without a man who was rightly described this morning as a major servant to the football club, as it is with immense sadness in the final moments that Rangers have announced the death of their beloved. , the legendary kitman Jimmy Bell.

“Jimmy Bell, for those who don’t know, is part of the fabric of the football club. That and moves.

“Jimmy served Rangers for over 30 years and was a friend and confidant to many generations of players and staff.

“As Rangers say this morning, he will be missed so much by everyone at the football club.

“A great player friend, great character. So many players will mention Jimmy Bell when they talk about their time at Rangers. I think of people like [Lorenzo] Lover.

“I will tell you who will be very upset by this news this morning – Paul Gascoigne who was good friends with Jimmy Bell.

“When the spotlight is on Rangers on Thursday, you imagine everyone at the club’s thoughts will be with Jimmy Bell and his family.

“When the whistle blows, you’d think Rangers would have a great extra spring in their step, to do something for Jimmy.”

He concluded by saying, “He was more than just a kit man.”


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