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I am gutted to see outstanding Warburton leave Rangers: Brendan Rodgers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has expressed his sadness at the departure of Mark Warburton from Rangers.

The Ibrox club announced last Friday that they had accepted the resignations of Warburton, assistant Davie Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.

The trio subsequently denied they had resigned, but Under-20s manager Graeme Murty was in the technical area for Sunday's home Scottish Cup win over Morton.

Ahead of tomorrow's visit of Motherwell, Ulsterman Rodgers, who was manager at Watford when Warburton worked in the club's academy, said: "I haven't spoken to him as yet. I have sent him a message.

"It is disappointing when any manager loses his job, especially in the way they did. It is worth pointing out when he played Celtic not that long ago, everyone was lauding the job he had done.

"His job was to restructure the club and the playing style and in his first year no one would have argued with that. The step up to the Premiership was always going to be difficult no matter what their budget.

"I find it disappointing that after this period of time he ends up losing his job because he is an outstanding coach. I feel for him, Davie Weir, a Rangers legend. Those two guys along with Frank McParland, they wanted what was best for Rangers and it is sad to see them go."

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