Rangers flop Filippo Maniero has called his move to Rangers the “worst decision” of his life after swapping Italy for Scotland in 2005.

The former Torino star was released and joined Alex McLeish’s side but only lasted a few months before his contract was ripped up.

03 Feb 2002: Filippo Maniero of Venezia in action during the Serie A match between Bologna and Venezia , played at the Renato dall''Ara Stadium, Bologna. DIGITAL IMAGE

(Photo by Grazia Neri/ALLSPORT)

Maniero, who also played for AC Milan, Parma, Sampdoria and Atalanta before Rangers, “never played football again” after his short time in Glasgow.

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“I was playing for an excellent Torino team, but they went bankrupt when we were in Serie B and we were all freed,” Maniero said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I was 33 years old and I knew that this was going to be my last transfer move.

“I was hoping I would get a move back to Padova where I started my career, but instead, I made the worst decision in my life…I signed for Rangers.

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“I accepted the offer from Glasgow, but in the two months I was there, I never played.

“The first chance I got, I thanked them and went home. And that was the way my career ended. I never played football again.”

Maniero’s deadline day signing raised eyebrows and after failing to make a matchday squad in two months, he’s widely viewed as one of the club’s worst signings ever.

19 Dec 1999: Martin Laursen of Verona is challenged by Filippo Maniero of Venezia during the Coppa Italia match in Verona, Italy. Rangers

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The Italian did have two more clubs after leaving Rangers but at 33, he was only ever heading in one direction.

15 years on from his shambolic move, Rangers will probably hold his signing in as high regard as Maniero holds his time in Scotland.

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