Sean Connery once begged Gennaro Gattuso not to leave Rangers in 1998

Sean Connery once begged Gennaro Gattuso not to leave Rangers in 1998 as Napoli boss hails James Bond star’s ‘great personality’ following his death aged 90

  • Gennaro Gattuso revealed that Sean Connery begged him not to leave Rangers  
  • Gattuso chose to leave the Scottish giants for Italian side Salernitana in 1998
  • James Bond star Connery was a Rangers fan and was part of the club’s board 

Gennaro Gattuso has revealed that James Bond star Sean Connery begged him not to leave Rangers in 1998.

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. 

Gennaro Gattuso revealed that James Bond star Sean Connery begged him to stay at Rangers

Connery wanted to prevent Gattuso from leaving Rangers for Salernitana in 1998

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.’

Following Connery’s death, Gattuso spoke of his ‘great personality’. 

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, who is now the manager of Napoli, spoke of Connery’s ‘great personality’

Gattuso was then asked whether Connery suggested that he should become an actor.

He said: ‘No, because I definitely didn’t have his charm. Let me say again, 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.

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. 




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