Ex-Nottingham Forest FC boss favourite to become next Rangers FC manager

The position of Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been thrown into doubt after he reportedly denied resigning just minutes after the club announced his departure.

Rangers said under-20s coach Graeme Murty would pick the team for the Morton fixture, but Warburton's insistence that he hasn't quit could change that.

Confusion initially reigned as Rangers announced in a 9pm statement that they had accepted the resignations of Warburton, his assistant David Weir and the club's head of recruitment Frank McParland.

Warburton then, Rangers claim, tried to withdraw his resignation, but the damage was done and the Gers had already chose to accept his original offer; Warburton maintains he has not resigned and a legal case may be on the horizon.

Rangers said their agreement to waive the compensation would "assist the management team to join another club".

Telegraph Sport, though, can reveal that Warburton and Weir were on the verge of dismissal - they would nearly certainly have been gone next week - but by offering their resignations they have saved the club around £700,000.

The statement had explained events during a seemingly busy week, and stressed that "absolute commitment is essential".

Warburton told BBC Scotland he was unaware of the statement, which came just hours after he had taken training with the Rangers squad.

Warburton's position had been under scrutiny due to poor results and the massive deficit to Premiership leaders Celtic, which now stands at 27 points.

"We are clearly short of where we expected to be at this time".

Former Brentford boss Warburton led Rangers to promotion from the Scottish second tier last season.