Rangers star Fashion Sakala has said if he scores in tonight’s Europa League final that he will dedicate his goal to Jimmy Bell as he opened up on a touching message to legendary Rangers kitman gave the Zambian.
Sakala scored in the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final shortly before Bell’s sudden death and the striker, like countless others, lauded the massive influence on the club Bell had.
While Sakala isn’t expected to start tonight’s Europa League final in Seville, the Rangers star could make an impact from the bench against Frankfurt tonight.
“First of all, I hope we win and that I get on the field,” Sakala said [Het Nieuwsblad].
“We are not without a chance against Frankfurt, because we eliminated RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund before. Okay, at Dortmund, Haaland did not participate, but that remains a top team. If I were to score, I would dedicate my goal to Jimmy Bell, the kit man.
“Jimmy Bell has been a Rangers kit man for thirty years but died unexpectedly this season of a heart attack. That was shortly after my goal against Celtic and it left the whole club in mourning. Jimmy was a father to all players.
“After my goal against Celtic he said to me: ‘Fashion, enjoy it. Life is short’. We want to win that cup for him.”
Europa League success would be incredibly emotional for Rangers
After the deaths of Jimmy Bell and Walter Smith this season, Rangers have lost two of the biggest figures in the club’s modern history.
For some of the players and staff, particularly those who have been around Rangers for a while, tonight is going to be emotional.
Hopefully the players can end the night with celebrations in Seville and Sakala gets his goal to dedicate to Jimmy Bell.