Warburton responds to Everton links

By Coral Barry

Mark Warburton has laughed off claims he is on the shortlist to replace Roberto Martinez at Everton.

The Rangers manager addressed the reports after the Gers’ final Scottish Championship game of the season against St Mirren.

A report in the Sun claimed that Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright is considering Warburton to replace Martinez after the Rangers boss enjoyed a trophy-laden season.

Warburton poked fun at the suggestions of a summer move to a bigger club and was adamant that any praise he receives should be redirected back onto his players.

“Who is it this time?” said Warburton speaking to Sky Sports after the 2-2 result against St Mirren. “I can’t stop that. It will be Barcelona and Real Madrid next.

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“The only time you get linked to big clubs is when the players are doing well. It’s as simple as that. If you lose 12 on the spin you won’t be linked with any jobs.

“Don’t forget they won the league convincingly, they won the Petrofac and beat Celtic in the semi-final and have reached a domestic final. It’s all credit to the players.”

Rangers will ply their trade in the Premiership next season after a four-year absence and will be desperate to reestablish themselves as Scottish giants.

Warburton could still lift a third trophy this season as Rangers manager with the Scottish Cup final against Hibernian to come on May 21.

In other Rangers news, Warburton has given an update on the fitness of his top scorer.