Rangers announce plans for supporters to pay tribute to Jimmy Bell after funeral
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Rangers announce plans for supporters to pay tribute to Jimmy Bell after funeral

Rangers have announced plans for legendary kitman Jimmy Bell’s funeral as fans are invited to pay their last respects on Friday.

Bell, who died suddenly earlier this month, was a constant at Ibrox since the 1980s and his death came prompted huge tributes from fans, ex-players and managers of the club.

A private service will take place at Wellington Church, Glasgow at 10am on Friday before Jimmy Bell’s funeral cortege will then pass Ibrox at noon, where Rangers fans will get their chance to show respect.

Chairman Douglas Park also paid tribute when Bell’s death was announced, having previously employed him when he was a driver for Parks’ bus company, saying: “As a club, we are absolutely devastated to learn of the loss of our colleague and more importantly, our dear friend, Jimmy Bell.

“Jimmy dedicated his life to Rangers Football Club. Having worked under managers from Graeme Souness through to Giovanni, he experienced some of the greatest days in our 150-year history.

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

“Jimmy’s work ethic was second to none. He dedicated countless hours to preparation for each training session and game. No job was too big or too small for him, and he thrived on working for his boyhood club.”

With the players back in Scotland on Friday from the Europa League final and in the middle of getting ready for the Scottish Cup final, it’ll be an emotional day.

There will no doubt be thousands of Rangers fans lining the streets outside of Ibrox to pay their last respects to one of the club’s greatest ever servants.

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