Gattuso reveals James Bond actor Connery asked him not to leave Rangers

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The Italian had played in Scotland as a player and admits the iconic actor personally begged him to stay

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that former James Bond actor 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 seen around Ibrox.

Gattuso spent a little over a year with Rangers early in his career in the late 90s before joining Serie A club Salernitana and eventually AC Milan where his career really took off.

Although he’s never really known for his in-goal ability, Gattuso struck five times in 51 Scotland appearances and did enough to win the affection of Connery, who personally sought out the midfielder in the goal. to keep him at the Rangers.

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

“I just want to send a big hug to his whole family, I definitely have fond memories of him. He had a great charm, a great personality, he entered the history of cinema. ”

When asked if Connery had ever suggested an acting career, Gattuso replied, “No, because I definitely didn’t have his charm. I repeat, I will always wear it in my memories. ”

Former Rangers goalie Lionel Charbonnier also paid tribute to Connery this weekend, noting that the actor was a familiar figure at the club and would show great respect for the players.

“We saw him quite often, he was very close to David Murray, our president,” Charbonnier said. RMC Sport.

“He was very endearing. He was very withdrawn, very reserved, he would almost apologize for being there. He didn’t come to do a one-man show, he spoke with his eyes rather than his voice. He was a very striking man.

“The door was still wide open. He was part of the ‘team’. He would never have allowed himself to enter the locker room alone. He was a very respectful, very humble person. You could look for comfort in those eyes. He was a giant. ”

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