Rangers legend tells how Ibrox cult figure made his first day nerves even worse
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Davie Robertson opens up on Jimmy Bell making his Ibrox nerves even worse

Former Rangers star Davie Robertson has told how legendary Ibrox kitman Jimmy Bell made him even more nervous on his first day training with the Gers after being given Terry Butcher’s old number.

Robertson had just moved to Ibrox from Aberdeen and was nervous about playing with some of the ‘superstars’ in the Rangers side as he made his way into the imposing entrance of the near-century old main stand.

After walking into the dressing room and seeing international stars like Mark Hateley, Trevor Steven and Alexei Mikhailichenko, Robertson’s nerves were quickly made worse when given his new kit.

“I remember my first day of training with Rangers, you go in those wooden doors and there’s Stan the Commissioner and Jimmy Bell takes you down to the dressing room,” Roberston said, speaking to 12 Yards Out.

“I’ll never forget walking in the dressing room and seeing players like Mark Walters, Mikhailichenko, Hateley, Trevor Steven, all these superstars, and I’m a bag of nerves thinking to myself ‘what have you done?’.

“Then Jimmy Bell comes to me – and there’s no kit numbers in those days, it was just a training number you got – and he says ‘that’s you’re number there, number six, you’ve got big shoes to fill. Terry Butcher’s’.

“Straight away you’re nervous.”

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Robertson would go on to carve his name into Ibrox folklore as a key member of the nine-in-a-row side under Walter Smith before moving to Leeds United.

The former Ibrox star has since returned to prominence after taking up a coaching role in Kashmir following stints in Scotland and the United States.

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