Inside Rangers training centre as new inspirational posters are spotted – including hilarious Jimmy Bell q… – The Scottish Sun
RANGERS players of the present will be able to heed advice from club legends of the past after new posters featuring inspirational quotes were placed around the club's training centre.
Kitman Jim McAlister has given an inside look at spine-tingling words of encouragement from the likes of Walter Smith and Bill Struth that players will be able to see every day – plus a cracker from Jimmy Bell.
Morton legend McAlister, who also turned out for the likes of Hamilton and Dundee, retired from playing in early 2021 to take up the role at Ibrox.
And posting to his Instagram story, he's revealed a behind the scenes look at the kitroom revamp at the club's Auchenhowie training facility.
The first one features the great Walter Smith, and features a picture of the legendary former boss holding the SPL league trophy aloft.
Below the image are some stirring words for the stars of today from Smith, who passed away in October 2021.
The quote reads: "Rangers Football Club. Do not enter unless you are prepared to put yourself second.
"This should be the one and only time second best is good enough for you."
There's also one featuring the iconic Bill Struth, the manager who led Rangers to 18 league titles during a three-decade long spell in charge.
Carrying a similar ethos to the words from Smith, Struth's quote reads: "No one man is bigger than Rangers Football Club."
A third poster features another Ibrox legend and former colleague of McAlister's, Jimmy Bell.
Bell achieved legendary status at the club he initially joined in the mid 1980s.
He sadly passed away last year at the age of 69.
Bell was a formidable and popular character behind the scenes at Ibrox and often received plenty of credit for helping to withhold the high standards that Rangers want around the club.
Former manager Steven Gerrard once joked that Bell was in fact the actual "boss" when it came to the club's backroom team.
Such is Bell's iconic status within the club, he too has been given a poster with an inspirational quote.
But the quote isn't quite like the others, and is perhaps fitting for the man who many Gers stars often said was the hardest person in the building to get into their good books.
The quote on Bell's poster simply reads: "What the f**k do you want?"
Alongside the post, McAlister jokes that of all the new additions to the Gers kit area, it's "the most appropriate one."
Former Rangers striker Jermain Defoe paid an emotional tribute to Bell after his sad passing, describing him as "a friend" and "amazing person."
Defoe left Rangers a year ago, and he's just about to embark on a brand new career adventure.
Since hanging up his boots after a brief spell at Sunderland, Defoe has rejoined former club Tottenham in a coaching and ambassadorial role.
And he's revealed details of a new venture as he prepares to host a podcast for the BBC.
The former striker has been spotted enjoying a chat with his old boss Harry Redknapp as part of his new show that'll be available on BBC Sounds.
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