Sean Connery wanted Gattuso to stay at Rangers

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that former James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery asked him not to leave Rangers in 1998. 

Connery, who died on Saturday, was a die-hard Rangers fan when he wasn’t busy playing the world’s most famous spy and was often spotted around Ibrox. 

Gattuso spent just over a year with Rangers at the beginning of his career in the late 1990s before moving to Serie A side Salernitana and eventually AC Milan where his career really took off. 

Though never really known for his ability in front of goal, Gattuso struck five times across 51 appearances in Scotland and did enough to earn the affection of Connery, who personally sought out the midfielder in an attempt to keep him at Rangers. 

“I only met him once. The president then was David Murray, he was part of the board and, it’s true, one evening he spoke to me and he didn’t want me to leave,” Gattuso said of Connery in his Napoli press conference on Sunday. 

“I just want to send a big hug to all of his family, I definitely have beautiful memories of him. He had a great charm, great personality, he made cinema history.”

Asked whether Connery ever suggested an acting career, Gattuso replied: “No, because I definitely didn’t have his charm. Let me say again, I’ll always carry him in my memories.”

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