Former Brentford boss Mark Warburton has told Sky Sports that he has 'huge respect' for Rangers as he is installed as the bookmakers' favourite to be their manager next season.
Warburton, 52, recently left Brentford despite winning automatic promotion from League One last season and then taking the Bees to the Championship play-offs this season, only to lose to Middlesbrough over two legs in the semi-finals.
Brentford have adjusted their structural model, leaving Warburton without a club - but he surely won't be short of offers given his impressive record at Griffin Park.
In fact, bookmakers currently make the former city trader the favourite to be the next Rangers manager, with question marks over Stuart McCall's role at the club.
Rangers lost 6-1 on aggregate to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership play-off final, meaning they will now face at least one more season in the Scottish Championship - putting McCall's future at Ibrox in doubt given that his contract expires this summer.
Warburton is now the odds-on favourite to take charge next season, and he told Sky Sports that he has 'huge respect' for the club, noting that they are 'massive' - ramping up speculation that he could arrive at Ibrox this summer.
"From my point of view they are a massive club," said Warburton. "I have huge respect for the size of the club and the fan base at Rangers. Who wouldn't?"
"I am well aware of the tradition and history of the club so I would never be anything other than absolutely respectful of a club of that stature," he added.