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Warburton extends contract until 2019

Manager rewarded for first season success.

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Rangers have tied up a deal to extend manager Mark Warburton's deal at the club until 2019. Warburton had signed a three-year contract when he joined the club last summer however the board have moved to secure his services for an additional year.

In his first 12 months in charge Warburton secured a return to the top-flight and won the Petrofac Cup. He also guided the team to the Scottish Cup final, beating Celtic in the semi-final on penalties, before falling at the last hurdle to Hibs.

It had been reported that the club and Warburton were having difficulties coming to an agreement over the terms of a new contract however Warburton had insisted that it would be done once the team returned from their pre-season trip to Charleston. Dave King had previously spoken of wanting to ensure key players and staff were secured before their contracts "matured" and convincing Warburton, in addition to several first team players, to extend his stay in Glasgow is a further sign of that.

Speaking at a sponsor's event at Ibrox, Warburton said: "I've agreed a deal with the club to commit, for the longer term, for another year until 2019."

"David is in the same situation. We will both sign new deals, another year’s extension on the current deals."

“We said last year we started laying the foundations for what is a long term project."