Low wages won't see me KO Gers; Rino desperate to rejoin first love.
EXCLUSIVE RINO GATTUSO'S agent last night revealed the former Italy and AC Milan star has discussed a return to Rangers with boss Ally McCoist.
And Andrea D'Amico insisted neither money nor a lack of European football next season will be a major stumbling block to Gattuso's dream of pulling on a Rangers jersey again.
The World Cup-winning midfielder is desperate to end his career at Ibrox and return to the city he regards as his second home after meeting his wife Monica in Glasgow in 1997-98.
The 34-year-old, who last week left Milan after 13 seasons, wants to come back to let the couple spend more time with Monica's family.
WISH D'Amico arrived in Scotland yesterday to kick off talks with Rangers and was met by an Ibrox official at Edinburgh Airport before being driven to Glasgow for discussions with prospective owner Charles Green and director of football administration Andrew Dickson.
Whether double Champions League winner Gattuso becomes a Rangers player again will depend on the lifting of the transfer embargo and on exiting administration.
D'Amico said: "It is Rino's wish to come back to Rangers but first I have to speak to the people at the club to find out what the situation is.
"He knows all about the Rangers financial situation. We know it is difficult but we can work to find a solution.
"Rino talked with Ally on the telephone. They know each other very well and like and respect Now we have to to see if something can happen. ct each other.
o work hing n "Not being in Europe next season would not be an issue for Rino.
t rs "I will meet with Rangers 'Not having European football season not issue Rino' again tomorrow for further talks."
Green confirmed he had met with Gattuso's agent and added: "Fans should be aware of just how big the club is when one of the greatest players publicly states he wants to finish career at Rangers at a his ca Rang tim ws time when we can't sign anyone.
a next would be an for "He has confirmed he wants to ay for Rangers and ch p l Ran that is something we could do if we were able to sign someone."
Boss McCoist is on holiday in Portugal but has been kept abreast of developments in the past 24 hours. He told Italian media last night: "Our situation is complicated, we have problems. But we hope to fix everything and are in talks for Rino's return to Glasgow."
Alex Cleland shared the Ibrox dressing room with Gattuso in 1997-98 and reckons the Italian's return to Rangers would be a shot in the arm for the whole of S hf bllCll d Scottish football. Cleland, who now works as St Johnstone's youth coach, saw a player willing to spill blood for the cause and describes Gattuso's one season at Rangers as the Year of the Tiger. He said: "Rino was just a young boy when he arrived at Ibrox and had a lot to learn.
"He was all blood and guts, a tiger in the middle of the park and a great team-mate, although he couldn't get a regular game.
"Rangers had a great midfield but he did well in the games he came in to play.
"It would be great for the Scottish game if we can get someone of Rino's calibre returning to the SPL."
FLY GUY 3 D'Amico arrives at Edinburgh Airport yesterday to open talks for Gattuso, below
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jun 8, 2012|
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