Don't ever trust Paul Gascoigne to be your translator!
Someone should have told that to Walter Smith before he asked Gazza to relay his orders to Gennaro Gattuso back in a training session while the trio were at Rangers.
Gattuso spent one season at Ibrox, arriving in July 1997 and leaving the following October when Smith left the club.
The tenacious midfielder loved getting stuck in during training as much as he did during an actual match, but this worried Smith on one occasion - with an Old Firm derby coming up that weekend!
Smith asked Gazza to tell Gattuso to calm down… but, obviously, he did not do that.
As explained by Ally McCoist on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast this morning: “This is a Tuesday or a Wednesday, and we’ve got the Old Firm game coming up at the weekend.
“And Gattuso is running around scything people - a real terrier type.
“I don’t have to tell you that Walter’s going off his head! He says: ‘We’ve got a game at the weekend. We’re playing Celtic! We need to watch some of these tackles!’
“So he says to Gascoigne: ‘Hey, Gazza! You speak a bit of Italian? Tell Gattuso to calm down as there’s a game at the weekend’.
“Wrong man. I mean, Walter should have known better.
“So what does Gascoigne do in broken Italian?
“He tells Gattuso: ‘the manager wants more off you. If you want to play at the weekend you need to show a level of commitment in training’.
“Two minutes later, the ball gets played up to me and I’m wearing six studs down my chest where he tackles me!”
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