Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates
Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told the club's official YouTube channel that he and the Gers' hierarchy have simply been too busy to continue contract talks.
The Gers boss was only appointed last summer, moving on quickly having been let go by Brentford at the end of the 2014/15 season - and Rangers have been handsomely rewarded for their belief in the former city trader.
Warburton, aided by a host of new signings, guided the club to the Scottish Championship title with games to spare, whilst he also won the Petrofac Training Cup to win a domestic double.
One of the big highlights of the season was beating Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, and whilst they eventually lost to Hibernian in the final, it proved to be a hugely successful debut season for Warburton in Glasgow.
However, Warburton's success appears to be attracting interest from clubs in England. The Derby Telegraph recently cited claims from The Sun that Warburton was a target for Derby County before they appointed Nigel Pearson, and it seems that English clubs will always have one eye on what Warburton is doing in Glasgow.
Fears that Warburton could leave Ibrox were exacerbated when The Express reported earlier this month that talks to tie the Gers boss down to a new contract have broken down - and Warburton has now tackled the issue.
Speaking to the club's official YouTube channel, Warburton admitted that he has read the speculation surrounding his future, but the delay is simply because he's been spending time away from the club and the hierarchy have been busy of late.
Warburton added that he thinks talks will resume again in the future, suggesting that he sees his future at Ibrox for some time yet.
"I read all the speculation," said Warburton. "Simply, we opened the discussion and then I had to have some family time. I had 10 days overseas, three days at home, seven days at St George's Park and then back here. So apart from being very close to divorce, it was just some family time."
"The board and the owner, you see how busy they are being with club business and taking the club forward. It's nothing more than two parties being very busy, but I'm sure in the coming days we'll sit down and carry on," he added.
Do you think Warburton will sign a new contract with Rangers?