John Hartson makes a confident prediction about Rangers boss Mark Warburton’s Ibrox future

Rangers manager Mark Warburton will eventually leave Ibrox, says John Hartson.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has predicted in The Scottish Sun that Rangers manager Mark Warburton will eventually leave the club.

Warburton was appointed the Rangers boss in the summer of 2015 and has a contract until June 2018.

The Englishman has done a remarkable job at Ibrox, having already won the Scottish Championship title this season.

This means that Rangers will feature in the Scottish Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Gers also have the chance to win the Scottish Challenge Cup and the Scottish Cup this season.

Former Celtic striker Hartson, though, believes that Warburton will eventually leave Rangers.

“If he doesn’t get cash to sign four or five half-decent players, it’s only going to hasten his return south,” the former Wales international wrote in The Scottish Sun. “That’s surely got to be his plan eventually, to go back south and achieve success down the road.

“He was treated very unfairly at Brentford and didn’t deserve to lose his job there after the work he did. But listening to him, I cannot help think he’s itching for a chance to get himself back down there.

“The reason for that is simply because of the money available to clubs south of the border. Rangers as a club completely dwarf the likes of Brentford, but the budgets are on the opposite scales.

“If a top-end English Championship club come calling Warburton may have a big decision to make.”

Hartson does make a valid point, but it cannot be denied that managing Rangers is massive and not everyone gets to do that.

Warburton is very popular among the fans, and his success this season must surely be pleasing to his bosses.

Rangers’ eventual aim is to compete with Celtic and win the Scottish Premiership, and that must surely be very attractive to Warburton.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch