Rangers say manager Warburton has resigned

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Rangers' announcement on the resignations was removed from club channels on Friday evening amid the confusion but was back up as of Saturday morning, with the Ibrox hierarchy standing by their statement that Warburton has left the club.

But less than an hour after that revelation, it emerged that Warburton denied he had handed in his resignation and the 54-year-old Englishman was reported to be consulting his legal team.

A tweet from the club on Friday night confirmed that Mark Warburton, the man that returned Rangers to the Scottish top flight, has resigned along with assistant David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.

Earlier this week Rangers agreed to Warburton's agent Dave Lockwood's request to let him go without the Ibrox club demanding compensation if he got a new job, but then Warburton missed out on the manager's post at Nottingham Forest.

But shortly after the publication of the statement, a confused Warburton told BBC Scotland he was unaware of the statement.

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Rangers' Under-20s coach Graeme Murty is expected to take charge of the team on in interim basis.

"The board is very appreciative of the good work previously done by the management team but believes it had no alternative", Rangers said in the statement.

Warburton leaves Rangers with the club third in the Scottish Premiership but they are now in the shadow of bitter rivals Celtic, who are romping off with the title after opening up a monumental 27-point gap at the top.

"Our club must come first and absolute commitment is essential".

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