Gennaro Gattuso tells Rangers to keep Stuart McCall at Ibrox next season

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Former Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has thrown his support behind Stuart McCall.

Gennaro Gattuso has told The Sun that his former club Rangers must keep current manager Stuart McCall in the Ibrox hot seat.

Gattuso, now 37, played for Rangers for just over a year during the 1990's, playing 51 games and scoring five goals before returning to his native Italy with Salernitana.

Despite his short stint at Ibrox, the Italian became a popular figure in the blue half of Glasgow, and even touted himself for the manager's job earlier this season during an interview with the Daily Mail.

However, Rangers chose to ignore the World Cup winner and went with another former Rangers player in McCall, who actually played alongside Gattuso during his time as a player for the club.

McCall arrived with Rangers in turmoil after the exits of previous managers Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall, but he has steadied the ship, losing just once since taking charge in March.

On Sunday, Rangers drew 1-1 with Queen of the South to make it into the semi-finals of the play-offs, and whilst they are edging closer to promotion to the top flight, McCall's future remains uncertain.

The 50-year-old is only on a deal until the end of the season, and recent speculation from The Herald and the Daily Mail respectively have linked Rangers with moves for MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and Brentford manager Mark Warburton.

However, Gattuso has told The Sun that Rangers shouldn't be looking elsewhere and should stick with McCall, citing that he loves Rangers and wouldn't use the club as a stepping stone.

"The board will make their decision — but Stuart is a Rangers man. He understands the club, he understands the fans and he knows what football means to them," said Gattuso.

"It wouldn’t be a decision on money, or to further his career, he’d want the job because he is passionate about Rangers and would want to see them back where they belong — just like I do. I arrived at Rangers as an 18-year-old and one of the players I took to straight away was Stuart. He had the same passion for the game that I had," he added.

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