A former Rangers youth star has shown the hilarious moment Paul Gascoigne paid him #100 for a 10-minute lift home.
Brian McGinty, who climbed through the youth ranks at the Gers in the early-to-mid 90s, remembered how he had been left desperately scrambling about Gazza’s driveway following the madcap midfielder pitched the wad of notes from the atmosphere.
McGinty, then 18, had moments before declined the prior England hero’s outrageously generous gas cash offer for the travel from Ibrox to Kilbarchan.
“Back then boys that were carrying injuries went to Ibrox on a Sunday to find therapy, said McGinty.
“I was there this day with Gazza and he had a lift home. His pal Jimmy Five Bellies had obtained a loan of his Range Rover, so he asked me if I could give him a run.
“He lived in Kilbarchan near Bridge of Weir in the time that was just 10 minutes away so I said no hassle and away we went in my wee Fiesta.
“We get into his house and he brings out this adorable Louis Vuitton bag he used to take his cash – heaps of it!
“Then he hands me 100 as he is getting out the car and says, ‘that will cover your gasoline’.
“There was no way I could take that for a 10-minute drive, but that he was insistent.
“He said if I did not take it he’d just throw it across his driveway.
“I was hoping to be the better guy so I politely refused again and he just got out and pitched up the money in the atmosphere.
“It was blowing about his driveway and I tell you what, I could not get out my car fast enough!”
“I believe in those days I had been on an apprentice’s wage of #75 so it was complete peanuts compared to the #100!”
“That was typical Gazza though. He was nuts, but what a footballer he had been.
“I was fortunate enough to be at Ibrox when the likes of Brian Laudrup were there and for me Gazza was the greater of the two.”
McGinty made a couple of first-team appearances for Rangers before moving to Hull City where he had been handled by another legend Mark Hateley.
He had spells at Scarborough, Airdrie, Portadown and St Mirren and finished his playing career in Junior football where he turned out for the likes of Irvine Meadow and Pollok.
He’s handled in the Junior game since 2015 and recently quit the hot seat in Irvine Meadow following a successful 26 months in charge.