Date: 26th November 2015 at 8:36am
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Charlie Nicholas has voiced his opinion on, quite rightly, who he calls the ‘top two managers’ in the Scottish Championship.

The Sky Sports pundit, formerly of Celtic, Arsenal and Scotland, believes both Rangers’ Mark Warburton and Alan Stubbs will soon ‘have their pick’ of clubs to become the boss of if they continue the jobs their doing at their respectively clubs.

Nicholas spoke of his delight that Stubbs didn’t walk away from his job at Easter Road last summer, which he thought he might after Hibernian’s failure to secure Scottish Premiership promotion.

His name isn’t being linked, publicly with jobs like Warburton’s is, however he feels it soon will telling Sky Sports.

‘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.

‘The interest will come for Alan. It’s probably already there.’

Since his arrival in Scotland Warburton has already been linked with a return to England. On Hibs’ fiercest rivals’ boss in the Championship Nicholson backed Warburton to see out the job at Ibrox to get Rangers back into the topflight, adding.

‘We’re already talking about Warburton, not going back to Brentford but Fulham were linked with potentially speaking to him.

‘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?’

Plenty of clubs will be interested in both, with them having options in the future with Nicholson of the opinion they’ll not need to, and shouldn’t ‘grab a job’ for the sake of it.

‘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.’

Who will win this battle for the Championship title?

Rangers are leading the way on goal-difference, with this far superior to Hibs’, and they have a game in hand, but the Hibees have won 14 of the last 15-matches but Nicholson finished by saying he expects the Gers to have enough to clinch the title.

‘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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