Confusion reigns as Rangers manager Mark Warburton denies quitting

The Scottish side confirmed on Friday that they had parted ways with head coach Mark Warburton and former Rangers player Frank de Boer's name has been linked to the post.

Within 20 minutes of Rangers' announcement, reports emerged that Warburton was unaware of his apparent resignation.

Warburton's assistant David Weir and the club's head of recruitment Frank McParland have also left, with the club 27 points behind Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic.

Warburton subsequently claimed that he had not resigned, but Rangers insisted that the former Brentford boss had tendered his resignation in order to pursue an opportunity at another club, thought to be Nottingham Forest, before attempting to change his mind.

"The board urgently convened to consider the offer made on behalf of the management team and its ramifications and agreed to accept it and release the trio from the burden of compensation, despite the potential financial cost to the club".

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Candidate: Alex McLeish would find a Rangers return tough to turn down. "We are clearly short of where we expected to be at this time".

"I am a Rangers man and when you get asked to come to a club like this it's hard to turn that down".

Greenock Morton, in contrast, have won four of their last five and risen to third in the Scottish Championship.

McLeish was watching on at Ibrox as Rangers edged out Morton 2-1 to progress in the Scottish Cup on Sunday and speculation is rife that he will be handed the reins after the departure of Mark Warburton on Friday night.

  • Lawrence Cooper