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Tommy Wright is in frame as Rangers tell boss Warburton he can go

By Jim Gracey

Northern Ireland’s Tommy Wright will be a candidate to succeed Mark Warburton as Rangers manager after the Englishman’s Ibrox reign came to a dramatic end last night.

Confusion initially reigned as Rangers announced in a 9pm statement that they had accepted the resignations of Warburton, his assistant David Weir and the club’s head of recruitment Frank McParland.

Reports then emerged that Warburton had denied resigning. But as the dust settled, it became clear the parties were arguing over the price of Warburton’s departure in a stand-off over compensation.

Rangers said they initially agreed to waive a compensation clause that would “assist the management team to join another club”, believed to be Nottingham Forest. But that position changed as Forest handed caretaker Gary Brazil the reins until the end of the season.

Rangers then said they would not compensate Warburton who responded by saying he was in touch with legal advisors. Former Northern Ireland keeper Wright has impressed since he was appointed St Johnstone manager in June 2013, winning the Scottish Cup in his first campaign at the helm and will be sure to figure on a short list of replacements.

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