Rangers aim to seal priority deal within weeks amid Premier League interest - report

By Coral Barry

Rangers are preparing a fresh deal for manager Mark Warburton as they brace themselves for interest from other clubs, according to a report.

Warburton has enjoyed an excellent first season as Rangers boss with two pieces of silverware already under his belt and the opportunity for a third when the Gers line-up against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

The Daily Mail report that Warburton is in line to be offered an extended contract regardless of the outcome of the final, amid concerns they could have to field off interest from English clubs in the near future.

It is expected that Warburton’s stock will rise even further if he does manage to deliver Rangers first piece of major silverware since the club was demoted into division three of Scottish football four years ago.

The Mail claim that Warburton’s success on a small budget has caught the attention of clubs south of the border.

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The Gers boss signed a three-year deal when he was appointed last June, but the Rangers hierarchy is now ready to offer a new and improved contract.

Rangers hope to seal a deal within weeks although negotiations could drag into the summer. The Mail report there has been no suggestion from Warburton or anyone else that the Gers boss has his eye on an exit.

Warburton is already preparing for next season after capturing the signatures of Jordan Rossiter, Matt Crooks and Josh Windass.

It is said Rangers have already had inquiries about head of recruitment Frank McParland from newly-relegated Newcastle and are expecting similar interest in Warburton from other English clubs.

Warburton is well-known in England after an excellent spell with Brentford, before falling out with the club’s owner.

In other Rangers news, the Gers are in pole position to sign a former Arsenal golden boy.