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Warburton becomes first English manager of Rangers

New Rangers manager Mark Warburton (L) and assistant manager David Weir

By Tony Jimenez

Former Brentford manager Mark Warburton became the first Englishman to take charge of Rangers when he signed a three-year contract with the 54-time Scottish champions.

David Weir, former captain of the Glasgow club, has been appointed as Warburton’s assistant, a role he also filled at Brentford.

“It’s a tremendous privilege and honour to manage a club of this history and tradition,” Warburton told Rangers TV.

The 52-year-old takes over from Stuart McCall who was unable to lead the club back into the top-flight last season.

Rangers, who were placed in administration in 2012 and forced to re-enter the lowest professional league in Scotland, were thrashed 6-1 on aggregate by Motherwell in the Championship (second tier) promotion playoff final last month.
The Glasgow club had previously won promotion in two consecutive seasons.

Warburton spent the last two seasons at London club Brentford, taking them from League One to the Championship in his first campaign and to fifth place and the playoffs in his second.

He left the club after they lost to Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the playoffs.

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