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Warburton delivers verdict following speculation over Rangers future

By Emma Sanders

Mark Warburton has claimed he was “flattered” by speculation linking him with the England Under-21s job but revealed there has been “no discussion” about the position and that he is privileged to be working at Rangers.

The Rangers manager was linked with a move away from Ibrox after reports claimed he was a target for the England Under-21s following Gareth Southgate’s promotion to the senior squad.

According to the Scottish Sun, Rangers issued a “hands off” warning on Thursday morning and Warburton did not apply for the vacant England role.

In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Warburton silenced speculation when he revealed there has yet to be any contact with the FA but he admitted it would be a “dream job” to manage his country.

“It’s very flattering to be linked to a job, especially a job of that stature, but it’s a privilege to be manager here at Rangers,” said Warburton, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

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“There has been no discussion about the FA post at all. What is the dream job? Of course any manager will say managing their country is.”

Warburton took charge of Rangers in June but has overseen a disappointing campaign so far in 2016-17, despite some good results in recent weeks.

Rangers currently sit in second place in the Scottish Premiership but they trail rivals Celtic by 14 points having played one game more, and the Old Firm side could go 17 points clear with victory over Hamilton on Saturday.

The two teams go head-to-head on New Year’s Eve but the Gers have already suffered defeat against Celtic twice this season, when they were thrashed 5-1 in September before being knocked out in the semi-final of the League Cup.

Warburton is expected to be active in the January transfer window in an attempt to strengthen the squad ahead of the final five months of the campaign.

In other Rangers news, Alan Stubbs reveals which three players will cause a problem for Celtic.