Rangers announce manager Mark Warburton has resigned

Rangers insist Warburton left of his own accord amid claims he was surprised by the club announcing his exit.

Mark Warburton has resigned as manager of Rangers, the Scottish Premiership club said on Friday.

Rangers said they initially agreed to waive a compensation clause that would "assist the management team to join another club", believed to be Nottingham Forest.

But less than an hour after that revelation, it emerged that Warburton denied he had handed in his resignation and the 54-year-old Englishman was reported to be consulting his legal team.

The club said that all three had "been notified in writing that their notices of termination have been accepted" following a board meeting at Ibrox.

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Rangers U20 coach Graeme Murty was drafted in to oversee the first team's Scottish Cup clash with Morton on Sunday - but Warburton's remarks suggest he may yet be in the dugout. When you get asked to come to a club like Rangers then it's for sure a hard decision to turn that down.

Former Brentford boss Warburton led Rangers to promotion from the Scottish second tier last season.

The 54-year-old is a little more than 18 months into the job with the team third in the Scottish Premiership, with nearly no possibility of catching the league leaders Celtic.

"They play Morton and the cup is the only real route Rangers have of stopping Celtic getting the treble this season, so it's an absolute disaster".

  • Regina Holmes