Twist in Rangers manager saga as Mark Warburton 'denies' resigning

Rangers are reportedly considering hiring Alex McLeish on a short-term contract to replace Mark Warburton.

Warburton told BBC Scotland he was unaware of the statement, which came just hours after he had taken training with the Rangers squad.

Sky sources understand Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland "categorically deny" quitting Rangers despite the club saying they have resigned in a statement on Friday evening.

"He is head of our recruitment".

Alex McLeish admits he would find it hard to turn down Rangers should he be asked to become manager at Ibrox for a second time.

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The club said they had agreed to release the trio, despite the potential financial cost, because it was "important that Rangers has a football management team that wants to be at the club".

Yet it was reported that Warburton was taken aback by the news, indicating he had received no warning of the 9pm statement detailing the end of his reign.

They sit third on the Scottish Premiership ladder after 24 matches, a huge 27 points behind leaders and arch rivals Celtic.

McInnes dodged questions on whether he would be interested in the Rangers job by sending assistant Tony Docherty to do the after match press interviews following their 1-0 Scottish Cup win at Ross County.

And he was a television guest as Rangers, with caretaker Graeme Murty in charge, defeated Greenock Morton 2-1 to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

  • Tabitha Byrd