Rangers chairman Dave King explains under what circumstances the Gers' best players could be sold

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

Mark Warburton is preparing his Glasgow Rangers squad for their Scottish Premiership return.

Rangers chairman Dave KingRangers chairman Dave King

Rangers chairman Dave King has explained to the club's official website what it would take for the Gers to allow one of their key players to leave the club.

Mark Warburton is preparing the Light Blues for their return to the Scottish Premiership. And while he has had no problem luring players to Ibrox this summer, having signed eight already, Celtic have shown in recent years that the further up the table you go, the harder, it seems, to hold onto your best players.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

And while King has been unable to guarantee that the club will be able to hold onto their key men, he did insist that they would only be sold as a last resort and if their absence would not be felt too much.

"There will also be situations where a player performs at a level that creates interest from another club from one of 'Big 5' leagues and an offer is received that could never be matched by Rangers. Under such circumstances, if the player wanted to move, we would not stand in his way but would expect the appropriate level of transfer fee to ensure that an equivalent quality replacement could be achieved," he told the club's official website.

General View of Ibrox Stadium

The news that King is prepared to invest in finding a replacement for any players that they are unable to keep hold of will be warmly received by supporters.

Though it is less than ideal for any of their key men to leave, the fact that they plan to fill the gap that the sold player leaves behind should mean that it does not have a particularly detrimental impact on the squad as they try to get back towards the summit of the division, especially as Warburton and his staff have made several astute signings during his tenure.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton with Martyn Waghorn at the end of the match 

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