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Warburton vows to stay at Rangers despite interest from the FA

By Andy Newport

Mark Warburton admits it is flattering to be linked with the England Under-21 post but insists he has unfinished business at Rangers.

The Football Association is believed to be keen to see the Ibrox chief take over new England boss Gareth Southgate's former role leading the Young Lions.

His previous experience working in youth development combined with his commitment to playing attacking football with the Gers has fired him into the thoughts of the governing body.

But while Warburton admits he has ambitions to one day land England's top job, he is not ready to return to his homeland just yet.

He said: "It's very flattering to be linked to a job, especially a job of that stature, but it's a privilege to be manager here at Rangers.

"We've got a big job in hand at this club and we're delighted to be here.

"There has been no discussion (about the FA post) at all.

"(Becoming manager of your national team) has to be (an ambition). Any coach starting out on the rung has to think, 'How high can I go?'

"What is the dream job? Of course any manager will say (managing their country) is. You're talking about the highest elite level of management.

"But right now I've got a fantastic job here. Davie Weir and I have a job here and we're looking forward to doing it."

Warburton's more immediate priority is to strengthen his squad once next month's transfer window opens.

The former Brentford boss would not be drawn on rumours suggesting he was ready to make a loan swoop for his former Bees playmaker Jota. But he did admit he was looking for a player similar to the 25-year-old Spaniard.

Rangers host Inverness tomorrow then go to St Johnstone on Wednesday ahead of the New Year's Eve crunch at Ibrox against Celtic, who are 14 points ahead of the second placed Gers with a game in hand.

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