Rangers have paid tribute to their “much-loved, legendary equipment man” Jimmy Bell, who has died on the age of 57.
He was a continuing presence at Ibrox for the previous 30 years, gaining a cult standing among the many membership’s help.
Bell began driving the Rangers workforce buses to matches throughout the nation, earlier than shifting on to his present position as first-team head of equipment.
Thought to be a significant member of the Rangers’ set-up, he was there throughout the profitable occasions such because the 9 in a row period and UEFA Cup last run and remained throughout administration, bottom-tier soccer and their return to the Scottish Premiership.
In an announcement, Rangers chairman Douglas Park mentioned: “As a membership, we’re completely devastated to study of the lack of our colleague and extra importantly, our expensive pal, Jimmy Bell.
“Jimmy devoted his life to Rangers Soccer Membership. Having labored below managers from Graeme Souness by way of to Giovanni, he skilled a number of the best days in our 150-year historical past. After all, he was right here throughout a number of the lowest factors, and confirmed selfless dedication, whatever the problem forward of him.
“Jimmy’s work ethic was second to none. He devoted numerous hours to preparation for every coaching session and recreation. No job was too large or too small for him, and he thrived on working for his boyhood membership.
“I spoke with Jimmy usually, having recognized him from his time as a mechanic and bus driver at Park’s. He was excited for Thursday night time’s recreation at Ibrox, notably having skilled a European semi-final earlier than below Walter Smith.
“Rangers, and Scottish soccer as a complete, have misplaced a legend and a pal in the present day. He was a household man, a loyal father, grandfather and husband. Jimmy might be sorely missed and I ship our heartfelt condolences to your entire Bell household at this troublesome time on behalf of Rangers Soccer Membership.”
Former supervisor Steven Gerrard as soon as joked that Bell was “the boss” when it got here to choosing what equipment the workforce would put on for a recreation, whereas present boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst referred to as him a “fantastic individual” once they had been reunited 20 years after the Dutchman stopped enjoying for the membership.
Jermain Defoe talked about Bell in his farewell message to Rangers on Sky Sports activities Information, highlighting him as a “humorous character”.