Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been named as an “outside” contender for the Hibs job following the sacking of Lee Johnson.

The Hibees manager has been relieved of his duties after 15 months in charge of the club following a poor start to the Scottish Premiership season.

Lee Johnson had walked away from an interview following the 3-2 defeat to Livingston at Easter Road with Hibs bottom of the Premiership table having lost all three of their games so far this season.

The club are also set to face off against Aston Villa in a Europa Conference League Playoff south of the border this week having lost their home leg 5-0.

Whilst Rangers fans won’t exactly be feeling any sympathy for their Edinburgh rivals, the addition of Mark Warburton’s name to the Hibs manager stakes will pique Ibrox interest.

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Mark Warburton an “outside” contender for Hibs job

The Herald have tipped the Englishman as an “outside” contender for the role following his summer release from a coaching role at Premier League West Ham United.

Mark Warburton was actually thorn in the side of Hibs during his first season in charge of Rangers, helping the Ibrox side to Championship promotion at the expense of the Leith outfit.

An experienced coach who has also been in charge of Brentford, Nottingham Forest and QPR in the English Championship, Hibs could certainly do worse.

But the question is would Mark Warburton want to join Hibs amid reports of interest from Canada and MLS side Toronto FC?

Should that proposed move fall through then perhaps we could see Warburton moving to Easter Road but maybe the ex-Rangers manager is an unrealistic target for the struggling Hibees.

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Instead, perhaps the club will look to the other four names mentioned in the Herald report with some more familiar faces linked to the job.

St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson has been mentioned along with former Celtic pair Neil Lennon and Scott Brown. Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell is also linked.

Mark Warburton is certainly one of if not the best option for Hibs but as we’ve mentioned, the ex-Rangers manager appears to have better elsewhere.

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