Speaking after a fundraising match for ex-Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen, Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that he's interested in becoming the club's new manager.
The charity match for Ricksen, who is suffering from motor neurone disease, went ahead at Ibrox on Sunday, and amid the emotional scenes, 2006 World Cup winner Gattuso revealed his interest in returning to Rangers as manager, as reported by The Guardian.
"I still have a lot of memories here," said Gattuso, who spent just over a year with Rangers as a player. "It was 15 years ago that I started to play here. Of course I would be interested in the vacancy. I stopped playing two years ago. Now my job is to become a coach. That’s normal. But at this time the road [to the Rangers job] is far away. We can speak but the problem now is that there is not one chairman but five people in control of the club. It’s difficult.”
"I know the club has big problems at this moment but Rangers is still a big club with a big story behind it. For me it would be a big honour to manage this club and a big opportunity," said Gattuso.
The 37-year-old Italian is best known for winning the Champions League twice as a player with AC Milan, and whilst his playing career was illustrious, his start to life as a manager has been inconspicuous.
After ending his career with Sion, Gattuso took over as manager of the Swiss side, but won just three of his 12 games in charge before being sacked after only three months in the job.
A move back to Italy with Palermo followed, but again he last just three months, winning only three of his eight games in charge until Maurizio Zamparini gave him the boot.
Then Gattuso moved on to Greek side Crete, and with five wins in 17 games in charge, Gattuso resigned in December, meaning he is now a free agent.
With uncertainty off the field right now, it's difficult to see Gattuso taking the reins right now, but it's clear that the Italian is keen on a return to his former club at some point in the near future.