Rangers fans have been reacting to a historic clip of legendary Ibrox kitman Jimmy Bell explaining that now-manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst used to sit under the Queen.

Dutchman Gio spent three years at Ibrox between 1998 and 2001 – his first foray out of the Netherlands – winning five trophies before going on to carve out a career with Arsenal, Barcelona and the Dutch national team.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Cult Rangers legend Jimmy Bell is already familiar with Giovanni van Bronckhorst from the Dutchman’s spell at Rangers as a player. Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

An ex-player who has a humongous stature in the game, van Bronckhorst has exuded class ever since walking into the job at Rangers and fans are already taking to the Dutchman and his backroom staff.

Rangers supporters were also buzzing at a clip of Gio embracing Jimmy Bell upon arriving back in Glasgow and fans have been treated to another soundbite regarding the two.

In a clip that appears to be from Dutch media and resurrected by the Rangers Fans Channel, former Ibrox left-back Arthur Numan is showing the camera crews around Ibrox Stadium.

Whilst entering the dressing room, ex-Rangers star Arthur runs into Jimmy Bell who is sorting out some kit and the crew asks him where Numan sits.

They then go on to ask him where Giovanni sits in the dressing room to which Rangers kitman Jimmy Bell responds, “Giovanni, he sits under the Queen”.

The famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is a hallmark of the Ibrox dressing room and whilst the space might’ve been updated in recent years, it remains a constant.

Rangers fans naturally loved this short clip of Jimmy Bell speaking about van Bronckhorst and have taken to Twitter to express their delight:


We’re sure Jimmy Bell will be happy with the start of Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager of Rangers with a 2-0 victory over Sparta Prague and 3-1 win away to Livingston in his opening two matches.

Here are three major talking points from the gaffer’s most recent victory as the Gers continue to build momentum heading into a tough run of fixtures.

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