Mark Warburton WILL leave his post as Rangers boss
The Ibrox giants released a statement confirming they had agreed to terminate the contracts of the Englishman, his assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.
Warburton and his team then denied the club’s claims last night but Express Sport has been told they will not be back at Ibrox.
The League Managers Association were in talks with Rangers to try to come to a compromise agreement, with more than £2million due to them in compensation.
The Rangers board felt they were left with no option when their management team asked to terminate their deals and for the club to waive any compensation if they were to move on.
The Ibrox hierarchy, who refused their request to give up any compensation, felt that Warburton and his staff were no longer committed to Rangers and the fact they are a massive 27 points behind Celtic meant they had no choice but to let the former Brentford head coach and his assistants go.
Mark Warburton had denied the club's claims
It has been suggested that Nottingham Forest were interested in Warburton but he denied those claims yesterday.
Relations between Warburton and his board had hit rock-bottom over his signing policy and the fact his team had slumped not only behind Celtic but also Aberdeen.
Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes and St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright will both come under serious consideration, along with Billy Davies, Alex McLeish and Frank de Boer.
Under-20 coach Graeme Murty will be in the Ibrox dugout for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup tie against Morton.
Meanwhile, Rob Kiernan insists he has no intention of letting disgruntled fans drive him out of Rangers.
The defender, left, who was one of Warburton’s first signings, was targeted for abuse by sections of the Ibrox support as he watched last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Ross County.
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The 26-year-old had been dropped after the defeat to Hearts. Kiernan said: “I love being here, I love being a Rangers player and I am desperate to see the club move forward.
“Of course I see my future here, I want to be here for many years to come and I want to see us get better.
“I know myself and my team-mates have a responsibility to do that and I’m hungry to do that.
“There is obviously a lot of frustration in the crowd and you can hear that at half-time and full-time.
“Fans get frustrated and obviously I was a target that day, but that was a minority because the fans have been brilliant and have backed us.
“We share their frustration so we are trying to do this together rather than have split differences and split opinions. We’re all in the same boat.”