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ROCKET BAM; Gazza reveals he was nearly nicked for trying to hit pal Ally's house with a firework.

Byline: Stuart McDonald

FOOTBALL legend Paul Gascoigne has revealed how he was almost arrested for firing a rocket at Ally McCoist's house.

Gazza had to beg police not to charge him after he sent a huge firework into his then Rangers teammate's garden.

Gascoigne, 44, was at his Renfrewshire home with pal Jimmy "Five Bellies" Gardner when they decided to wind up McCoist, who lived nearby.

He said: "One Bonfire Night, I spent pounds 300 on the biggest rockets I could find. You could have hitched a ride to the Moon on one of these.

"I called Ally at home - he only lived a couple of miles away. I told him, 'Coisty, I've got a present for you'.

"He said, 'Cheers, Gaz' and asked what it was. I told him I would send it through right now.

"I put one of the rockets on my fence and aimed it towards the house and set it off. Whoosh. Jimmy was with me and we were both crying oisty the with laughter. A minute later, Coisty was on the phone saying 'What hell is going on at my house?'" Recovering alcoholic Gazza added: "We were both laughing about until the police turned up. The woman at the bottom of the drive had called, they said. 'She was worried that someone was trying to shoot you, is everything okay?' "I tried to talk my way out of it but I had no chance. They said would have to arrest me if I didn't stop. I didn't think Walter Smith would have seen the funny side." ed: it he ve as ng ?' they dn't mith ." t Gazza revealed the incident in his new book Glorious: My World, Football And Me.

The former midfielder was given a standing ovation when he made an emotional return to Ibrox to Gers boss McCoist and his former team play St Mirren last Saturday.

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