Mark Warburton comments on speculation linking him with Everton job

The Rangers manager made light of the rumours, joking that "it will be Barcelona and Real Madrid next".

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has responded to speculation linking him with the manager's job at Everton in light-hearted fashion, suggesting that soon it will be the Barcelona and Real Madrid posts he is being linked to, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Warburton has emerged as a reported candidate to take over from Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park if the Spaniard is dismissed following another poor season for the Toffees.

The 53-year-old has enjoyed a remarkably successful first season at Ibrox, leading the club to a double of the Scottish Championship and Petrofac Cup titles, and steering them to the final of the Scottish Cup with victory over arch-rivals Celtic at Hampden Park last month.

Warburton has worked as an academy coach, sporting director, and manager in England with Watford and Brentford, and led the latter from League One to the Championship play-offs in just two years.

His experience and success with the Gers has seen his name linked with the manager's job at Everton, but the man himself made light of the speculation.

He told reporters, as quoted by Sky Sports: "Who is it this time? I can't stop that. It will be Barcelona and Real Madrid next."

Warburton was also quick to emphasis that his success has been down to the performances and results of the Rangers players, suggesting that any reports linking him with another job have only been facilitated by the Gers squad.

He added: "The only time you get linked to big clubs is when the players are doing well. It's as simple as that. If you lose 12 on the spin you won't be linked with any jobs.

"Don't forget they won the league convincingly, they won the Petrofac and beat Celtic in the semi-final and have reached a domestic final. It's all credit to the players."

Rangers can secure their first treble of trophies since 2003 if they beat fellow Championship side Hibernian in the cup final at Hampden Park later this month.

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