KILMARNOCK supremo Billy Bowie has warned Rangers: “Hands off!”

The Ibrox side have been linked with a summer move for Rugby Park manager Steve Clarke as doubts persist over the long-term future of caretaker boss Graeme Murty.

Bowie has reassured Killie fans their impressive gaffer will be going nowhere.

Clarke, 54, made it a double success over the Ibrox outfit this season with Saturday’s 1-0 win in Glasgow following their 2-1 triumph in Ayrshire in December.

Rugby Park chief Bowie said: “There’s been a lot of speculation, but let’s nip this in the bud. Steve signed a two-and-a-half year contract and as far as we are concerned he will be here next season.

“That’s it. There seems all this talk as if he’s definitely going here, there and everywhere in the summer as if it’s a done deal.

“Far from it. We heard it before and this week it’s Rangers. No-one really mentions little old Kilmarnock.

“It was the same at the weekend. It’s all very well talking about how Rangers played, but not as much about the outstanding Kilmarnock performance.

“I understand people might be looking at the job he is doing, though.

“But we are trying to build something here and Steve is a huge part of it.

“He has never once mentioned anything about going anywhere and is completely focused on his job.”

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