McCoist was appearing on TalkSPORT when he began to reminisce about playing alongside Gattuso in the late 90’s.
Gattuso, who was just 19-years-old at the time, didn’t speak any English during his single season in Scottish football.
So, Walter Smith did the obvious thing… and used Gazza to translate a message to the fiery midfielder.
McCoist tells how Gattuso often “trained as he played”, a detrimental quality when he began flying into tackles on the training field ahead of a must-win Old Firm derby clash at the weekend.
Needless to say, Smith was keen to calm Gattuso down to avoid any injury scares, and so instructed Gascoigne (who could speak Italian) to tell the youngster to keep his cool.
Gazza, probably the worst person to deliver a serious instruction, decided he would instead tell his team-mate that the manager wanted to see more from him… with McCoist on the wrong side of a brutal challenge as a result:
"Gazza told Gattuso to go in even harder." 😳
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 9, 2018
How amazing is that?
Despite playing regularly for Rangers, Gattuso was eventually shipped out to Serie A club Salernitana at the end of the campaign, with Smith having announced his temporary retirement from management and Dick Advocaat unsure of the player’s best position.
Two Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and a World Cup later… and it would appear Gattuso followed Gazza’s advice until hanging up his boots in 2013!