Ally McCoist was speaking on Talksport to Alan Brazil, and gave listeners a wonderful anecdote about Paul Gascoigne and his time at Rangers.
Gennaro Gattuso had just been signed by Rangers' manager Walter Smith and McCoist detailed how the Italian was being overly feisty in training ahead of a big match:
Prior to the Old Firm game, as you would imagine and as you would hope, he (Gattuso) trained as he played. So this is Tuesday or Wednesday, we've got the Old Firm game coming up on the weekend. And Gattuso's running around scything people, a real terrier type.
McCoist explained that Gattuso's approach was much to the disdain of Smith, who then asked Paul Gascoigne to calm Gattuso down, Gascoigne speaking some Italian from his time in with Lazio:
Walter's going off his head, 'we've got a game at the weekend, we're playing Celtic we need to watch some of these tackles!'. So he shouts to Gascoigne, he says 'Gazza, you speak a bit of Italian, tell him to calm down, tell Gattuso to calm down there's a game at the weekend'. Wrong man, Walter should've known better, let's be quite frank about it Alan, naivety at best on Walters' part. So what does Gascoigne do? He tells him 'the manager wants more off ya, if you want to play at the weekend you need to show a little bit of commitment in the training. Two minutes later the ball gets played up to me and I'm wearing six studs down my chest!
A story that really encapsulates Gazza's mischievous side, even to the detriment of his team.
"Gazza told Gattuso to go in even harder." ?
Don't ever trust @Paul_Gascoigne8 to be your translator! ??? pic.twitter.com/bNUN1rstXT
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