Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that James Bond star Sean Connery begged him not to leave Rangers in 1998,and always wanted the best for the club.
Connery, who sadly passed away on Saturday aged 90, was an ardent Rangers supporter and was frequently seen around the club, with Gattuso stating that he was a board member.
Gattuso played for Rangers between 1997 and 1998 and ended up leaving for Salernitana as he returned to his native Italy.
Gattuso, who is now the manager of Napoli, revealed that Connery was eager for him to stay at Rangers.
Speaking at a Napoli press conference, Gattuso said: ‘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.
He said: ‘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.’
Gattuso was then asked whether Connery suggested that he should become an actor.
He said: ‘No, because I definitely didn’t have his charm. I’ll always carry him in my memories.’
Connery appeared in seven of the James Bond films and in 1988 won an Oscar for his role in The Untouchables.
He died peacefully in his sleep in the Bahamas having been unwell for some time. The world acclaimed actor received Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in 2000 and European Film Awards lifetime Achievement award in 2005.
During his time at Rangers Gattuso made 51 appearances. After moving to Salernitana he went on to spend the vast majority of his playing career at AC Milan.
Among laurels he won with Ac Milan include two Champions league and two UEFA Super Cup. He was also a member of the 2006 Italian team that won the World Cup.