Mark Warburton suggests that Rangers could sell key players in January

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Rangers have made a brilliant start to their league campaign, but that could see interest rise in their star players.

Mark Warburton has admitted to the Glasgow Evening Times that Rangers may be forced to sell players if they receive sizeable bids.

The Light Blues have made a brilliant start to their Scottish Championship campaign, and there is a feeling that interest could rise in some of their top talents.

Warburton is braced for bids from clubs south of the border, and he admits that Rangers simply cannot compete with them financial – meaning sales are a possibility.

“The fact of the matter is I don’t want anyone to leave the football club," he said. 

“If they leave for a sum that offers value to Rangers Football Club, it means the recruitment has been right because they’ve produced a level of performance which has attracted a bigger club from down south that can afford to pay us a fee above and beyond what we’d want to get for a player. It’s simple economics.

“If a player comes in and gets offered quadruple his wages to play down south in lower Premiership or top Championship, we aren’t going to stand in his way as long as we get the right fee for the player.

“We don’t want to be a selling club but it’s the nature of the beat.

“If the price is right for all parties it’s going to happen. What we provide here hopefully is a shop window.”

Rangers supporters may not be happy to hear their club described as a ‘shop window’, but without top-flight and European football they do face a fight to keep hold of some of their better players.

The Gers clearly have a squad which is equipped to cope at higher levels than the Scottish Championship, as they have thoroughly dominated the division this year.

Rangers have won 12 of their first 13 matches, and they look near certainties to achieve promotion this season.

As a result, Warburton will want to avoid too many departures in January, as it will be crucial that they keep a stable feeling around their squad, to ensure that their form doesn't dip. 

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