By Coral Barry
Rangers could have a fight on their hands to keep manager Mark Warburton after Everton made him a top target to replace Roberto Martinez, according to a report.
Warburton is currently celebrating Rangers’ promotion back into the Scottish Premiership after a four-year absence and is also preparing his side for their Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.
All in all, it has been a wonderful year for Rangers with Warburton at the helm and the Englishman’s efforts has seemingly caught the eye of the Merseyside club.
A report in the Sun claims that Bill Kenwright and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri have identified Warburton as a potential replacement for Martinez in the summer, should they decide to part ways with the Spaniard at the end of the season.
It was widely reported that the Everton board held a meeting on Friday to discuss the future of their under-fire manager after a disappointing season.
Everton were knocked out of the FA Cup semi-final by Manchester United last month and are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
According to the Sun, the shortlist is made up by Manuel Pellegrini, Mark Hughes, David Moyes, Sean Dyche and the Rangers boss.
Warburton began in managerial career in England with Brentford and steered the London club to promotion into the Championship in 2014, but was sacked by the Bees at the end of last season after falling out with the club’s owner.
In other Rangers news, Warburton has singled out one player for praise after their final league game.