Who is Jimmy Bell? (Wiki, Age, Bio)
For the past 30 years, Jimmy Bell has been a continuous presence at Ibrox, earning cult status among the supporters. Bell began his Rangers career as a bus driver, transporting the squad to games across the country, before moving on to his current position as first-team head of kit. He was a key member of the Rangers’ set-up during successful periods like as the nine-game winning streak and UEFA Cup final run, as well as during administration, bottom-tier football, and their return to the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers’ reaction and statement on Jimmy Bell’s death:
Rangers’ chairman Douglas Park issued the following statement: “As a club, we are heartbroken to learn of the death of Jimmy Bell, a colleague and, more importantly, a dear friend. “Jimmy gave his entire life to the Rangers Football Club. Working under managers ranging from Graeme Souness to Giovanni, he witnessed some of the most memorable moments in our 150-year history. Of course, he was present at some of the lowest periods, and he demonstrated unselfish dedication regardless of the task at hand.
“Jimmy’s work ethic was unrivalled. For each training session and game, he put in endless hours of preparation. He enjoyed working for his boyhood club, and no job was too large or small for him. I communicated with Jimmy on a frequent basis because I knew him from his time at Park’s as a mechanic and bus driver. He was looking forward to the game on Thursday night at Ibrox, especially as he had previously played in a European semi-final under Walter Smith.”
“Rangers have lost a legend and a friend today, as has Scottish football as a nation. He was a caring father, grandpa, and spouse who loved his family. Jimmy will be dearly missed, and on behalf of Rangers Football Club, I express our warmest condolences to the entire Bell family at this terrible time.”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 3, 2022
Former manager Steven Gerrard joked that Bell was “the boss” when it came to choosing the team’s game kit, while current manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst described him as a “great person” when they reunited 20 years after the Dutchman left the club.
Bell was referenced by Jermain Defoe in his parting letter to Rangers on Sky Sports News, who described him as a “funny character.”
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