By Alex Taylor

Mark Warburton has agreed to extend his contract as Rangers manager until the summer of 2019.

The Rangers boss has stated that he and assistant David Weir had finalised terms on new contracts this week.

It has been reported that the former Brentford manager would not be renewing his current deal at Ibrox after guiding Rangers back to the Scottish Premier League for the first time in four seasons.

But Warburton revealed that the delay in signing had been due to a family holiday and stressed the deal was now done.

“I’m all agreed with the club,” Warburton told the BBC. “It’s a privilege for me to be here in this position – and for David with his status at the club. It’s a great place to be and we have extended for another year until 2019.”

The speculation began after the Gers manager took a holiday instead of starting contract negotiations but the 53-year-old has committed to the Scottish giants for three years.

“All the speculation was due to a 12-day holiday. It was no more than that,” insisted the 53-year-old. “‘Why have you not signed?’ Because I was away with the wife for 12 days.”

Preparations for the new season have already begun and the manager has been quick to bolster his squad for the upcoming campaign, with the likes of Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter all signing on.

With these additions Warburton will be hoping they can challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the title next season and prevent the Hoops from winning their sixth SPL crown in a row.

In other Rangers news, their new signing has admitted the club are under great pressure to end Celtics reign as Scottish champions.