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Mark Warburton and Alan Stubbs are men in demand, says Charlie Nicholas

Mark Warburton (second left) and Alan Stubbs (second right) are overseeing a thrilling title race
Image: Mark Warburton (second left) and Alan Stubbs (second right) are overseeing a thrilling title race

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes the Scottish Championship's top two managers will have their pick of clubs if their sides continue to impress.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton and Alan Stubbs of Hibernian are locked in an intriguing race for the second-tier title.

The Ibrox team lead the table on goal difference, with a game in hand, and remain favourites to claim top spot and automatic entry into the Scottish Premiership.

Hibs, however, are on an excellent run of 14 wins in 15 matches, including a 2-1 success against Rangers at the start of the month, and Nicholas has taken note of what both men are achieving.

Speaking to Sky Sports Now, the former Celtic and Arsenal striker said:  "Alan Stubbs was nearly thinking about going back to England last summer because of his disappointment that he didn't make the play-offs.

"I said at the time I hoped he stayed because his reputation would grow. Someone has got to sort Hibs out eventually and hopefully it looks like he is going to do that.

Charlie Nicholas
Image: Charlie Nicholas has been impressed by both managers as the Scottish Championship progresses

"The interest will come for Alan. It's probably already there. We're already talking about Warburton, not going back to Brentford but Fulham were linked with potentially speaking to him.

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"I think he'll see the job through but he's different. I think if he got through to the summer and got Rangers up, would he be keen to maybe move?

"I don't see the need to just grab a job for the sake of it when you can maybe hand pick the way Warburton and Stubbs will eventually be able to pick a club."

Although Hibs are the side with more momentum at present - Rangers have dropped points in two of their last three games - Nicholas believes the Ibrox outfit will prevail at the end of the season.

Hibernian's Paul Hanlon (centre) wheels away after putting his side 2-1 up
Image: Hibernian have won 14 of their last 15 games in all competitions including a 2-1 success against Rangers this month

He added: "I think it will be Rangers. With the crowd and the pressure situation, you get used to the pressure and the players handle it better.

"Hibs have been very exciting to watch but in the past have always tended to disappoint when it comes to the real crux games.

"That's when big-pressure players, who are used to it day to day, tend to just grind their way through it."

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