Tributes are flooding in for much-loved Rangers kitman Jimmy Bell after the Ibrox club officially confirmed his passing.
Described as a “legend” and a “true Ranger” the iconic kitman enjoyed over 30 years of service at Ibrox and has gone on to etch himself into the story of the club.
One of the most recognisable and well-loved faces in the background and often the foreground of the club, Jimmy Bell has left a massive impression on Ibrox, the supporters and the players he served.
Jimmy Bell was 69 years old.
Since news of his passing broke, there have been swathes of commendations from former Rangers supporters and an adoring fanbase.
A true legend of the club, Jimmy was a described as a “friend and confidant” to different generations of players, starting his career at Rangers as first-team coach driver before taking up the role of First Team Head of Kit at the club.
Ibrox chairman Douglas Park led the tributes, claiming Rangers are “devastated” by the passing of Jimmy Bell before claiming Rangers and Scottish football have endured a great loss in the kitman.
Rangers “devastated” by loss of kitman Jimmy Bell
“As a club, we are absolutely devastated to learn of the loss of our colleague and more importantly, our dear friend, Jimmy Bell,” said Douglas Park [Rangers].
“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.
“I spoke with Jimmy regularly, having known him from his time as a mechanic and bus driver at Park’s. He was excited for Thursday night’s game at Ibrox, particularly having experienced a European semi-final before under Walter Smith.
“Rangers, and Scottish football as a whole, have lost a legend and a friend today.
“He was a family man, a devoted father, grandfather and husband. Jimmy will be sorely missed and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Bell family at this difficult time on behalf of Rangers Football Club.”
Below are just some of the tributes from the ex-players Jimmy Bell served at Ibrox and everyone at Rangers News sends their deepest condolences to a Rangers legend and his family at this time.
Attention will turn to Thursday evening against RB Leipzig when Rangers will surely recognise the contribution of Jimmy Bell to the club.
For supporters, they believe that the biggest tribute that could be afforded him is a victory to secure passage to the Europa League Final.
Meanwhile, should Rangers look to rebuild the team around a player many will admit they got things wrong about?