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Rangers will have Jimmy Bell and Walter Smith deep in their thoughts and Europa glory written in the stars, club legend says

19 May 2022 | 08:25 | Football

Barry Ferguson believes the Rangers will have legendary coach Walter Smith and cat man Jimmy Bell deep in their thoughts in Seville – and reckons that could propel them to Europa League glory tonight.

The Light Blues knocked out RB Leipzig in an emotional semi-final at Ibrox last month for a place in the final against Eintracht Frankfurt, just days after the sudden death of the Wishaw Bell man.

It also happened in the same season that Ferguson’s old man Walter Smith died.

And the former club captain believes the memory of Ibrox’s two legendary figures will help propel Rangers to make history with their first European Championship trophy since the 1972 Champions League triumph on Spanish soil in Barcelona.

Ferguson said Lanarkshire Live Sport : “I just have the feeling that what happened at Rangers recently, with two club legends Walter Smith and Jimmy Bell passing away, that’s written up in the stars for Rangers.

“I really think if Rangers bring their A game and the vast majority of players go into their game, I think 100 per cent it will be Rangers night.



Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has a close relationship with cat man Jimmy Bell
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has a close relationship with cat man Jimmy Bell

“Walter and Jimmy will be in the minds of the players when they’re on the pitch, because they’re such an important part of Rangers history.

“You could see that in the game against Leipzig. The atmosphere there was nothing to fear, how good it was and the form they showed.



Rangers put a black armband on Jimmy Bell the night they saw off Leipzig in the semifinals

“It’s the fourth-placed team in the Bundesliga after Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

“But even at 2-1 and when it was a little bit of a losing streak, I just felt Rangers would score again and they did.

“So I’m sure that could push them back.”

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