By Daniel Feliciano

4th May, 2022 | 6:38am

Ronald De Boer tells Rangers to 'do it for Jimmy' after shock death

Rangers have been told to ‘do it for Jimmy’ by former ace Ronald De Boer, after the shocking passing of legendary kitman Jimmy Bell on Tuesday.

The Bears were rocked by the news that the 69-year-old had passed away suddenly, just 48 hours before their crunch Europa League semi-final second leg with the Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

Now De Boer, who spent four years with the club, has told Daily Record that the club should use the pain as motivation to overturn their deficit and reach a first European final since 2008.

“It’s unbelievable that he has passed away so suddenly,” he said. “No one saw this coming.

“I spoke to Dave Vos, Gio’s assistant, who said he was with the team on Sunday at the Old Firm game but then suddenly he had a problem with his throat and then things went very quickly.

“You can’t take in that he’s not there any more. It’s a very sad moment. Everyone had a special relationship with Jimmy because he was a great character. He was the heart of the club and it’s terrible to learn he’s died.

“Thursday is a huge game for the club against Leipzig and it will be hard for everyone at the club when they see he’s not there in the dugout. Hopefully the team can do the magic for him.

“Do it for Jimmy because all he wants is to see Rangers through to the final. That would be the greatest tribute they could pay to him.

“It will be difficult but maybe this will give the players the mental strength to get through.

“Normally for a game like this you don’t need motivation but maybe this tragic news will give them the spur they need to go to new heights and do it for Jimmy.

“It will be emotional for all the players and staff but also for Gio especially. I know he had a special bond with Jimmy and will be devastated with his loss.

“Unfortunately, life continues but all Jimmy would have wanted was to see Rangers winning and making history. That’s the one thing the team can do against Leipzig.”

Shock

Obviously nobody saw this coming and everyone at the club, from the fans to the players will be hurting over the news of Bell’s passing.

However they have a chance to make history on Thursday in his memory and honour and they won’t need any more motivation than that, as if they needed any more to begin with.

After losing the first leg 1-0 last week Ibrox will be rocking to try and push their side over the edge and towards victory in a game where they’ve always been considered underdogs.

Bell is as big a club legend as any player that ever pulled on the famous blue shirt, having spent over 30 years at the club.

Now the club have the chance to give him the perfect send off by making it to Seville for the final on May 18th, and everyone will be looking to play their part in the story.

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