Report: Mark Warburton firmly in contention for Derby County job; players wanted Brendan Rodgers

A report claims the Ibrox chief wanted by Championship side Derby County, whose players wanted Celtic's new boss.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is in firm contention for the Derby County job, according to a report in Monday's Sun newspaper (page 54)

Despite spending a reported £26 million on transfers this season, the Rams were dumped out of the Championship play-offs by Hull last week, and are not expected to extend the stay of interim head coach Darren Wassall.

The Sun reports that former Everton boss Roberto Martinez is the players' number 1 choice to take over at the iPro Stadium, after another preferred candidate, Brendan Rodgers, took the Celtic job on Friday.

But while the tabloid claims an approach for the Spaniard could be made this week, it adds that Warburton, along with Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett, remains 'firmly in contention'.

Warburton previously led Brentford to fifth in the Championship, a year after leading them out of League One as runners-up.

And the 53-year-old has only enhanced his reputation at Rangers, securing the Scottish Championship title and Petrofac Cup in his first season in charge.

Derby sacked previous boss Paul Clement in February, with Wassall stepping up from his position as academy manager until the end of the campaign.

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