Warburton set for speedy return to management north of border

Ross McLean
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FORMER Brentford boss Mark Warburton is understood to be on the verge of a swift return to management with Scottish Championship side Rangers.

Talks between Warburton and the Glasgow outfit are believed to be at an advanced stage, while the 52-year-old is set to be assisted by ex-Rangers skipper David Weir, who he enjoyed a successful working relationship with at Griffin Park.

Rangers chairman Dave King last week revealed there were five candidates in the running for the job. Scotland coach Stuart McCall had taken over in March on a temporary basis following the resignation of Kenny McDowall.

Brentford announced in February that Warburton, who used to work as a currency trader in the City, would leave the club at the end of the season after rejecting the opportunity to work in a revamped Continental structure.

Warburton was appointed as Brentford manager in December 2013 following two years as first-team coach, and guided the Bees to English football’s second tier for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign. Brentford’s progress under Warburton continued and they were only denied a crack at securing back-to-back promotions and a passport to the Premier League by a play-off semi-final defeat to Middlesbrough, having finished the regular season in fifth place.

Rangers, meanwhile, will spend a second season at least in the Scottish Championship after suffering a 6-1 aggregate defeat to Motherwell in the end-of-season Premiership play-off.