Barry Ferguson 'devastated' after Jimmy Bell death, 'convinced' Rangers win v Leipzig
Barry Ferguson is ‘convinced’ that Rangers will come out on top of their Europa League clash with Leipzig after the shock death of Jimmy Bell.
The club’s legendary kitman died suddenly on Tuesday, leaving everyone at Ibrox in a state of shock after 30+years of service to the club just before the crunch tie.
But Ferguson, speaking to Daily Record, admitted that while he was ‘devastated and numb’ at Bell’s loss he is sure ‘more than ever’ that the club will beat Leipzig to reach the Europa League final in his honour.
“I’m devastated and numb,” he said. “I’m all over the place.
“I’d probably known Jimmy since I was six years old when I first started going into Ibrox with my brother.
“It’s all come so suddenly. For the first time in my life, I’m lost for words because he meant so much to me.
“I’m sure inside the training ground will be quiet too. People will be absolutely devastated. But I’m convinced more than ever that Rangers will win on Thursday because they’ll want to do it for Jimmy.
“And that’s all Jimmy would want, to see the team win. All he ever wanted was for Rangers to be the best.”
Everyone associated with the club is hurting after the news of the legendary kitman’s passing, because he was more than just a kitman.
He was part of the fabric at the club and his sudden departure is something that nobody would have expected any time soon considering his involvement with the club still being at a high.
But now the team of 2022 have a chance to extend his legacy beyond the past and into the future when they take on RB Leipzig on Thursday night.
The stadium will be rocking to try and push the club towards overturning the 1-0 deficit from the first leg, but now it will also be roaring to ensure that Bell is honoured properly.
That, mixed in with their own personal motivations, will hopefully be enough to see the club make their first European final since 2008 and their second final of the season.
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