Rangers' new owner Craig Whyte has confirmed that Allan McGregor would have been sold in the summer had he not sealed his Ibrox takeover.
The Scottish tycoon finally completed his protracted buy-out of the Glasgow giants on Friday following lengthy and exhausting talks.
Gers have been at the mercy of Lloyds Banking Group during the past few seasons and tight financial controls have meant a number of first-team players being sold.
McGregor has been one of the club's stars this campaign and had Whyte not been able to finalise his deal then he claims the popular keeper would have been next in line.
"If the deal hadn't gone through Allan McGregor would have been sold at the end of the season," explained Whyte. "But that's no longer the case."
Meanwhile, Gers full-back Sasa Papac insists he will not speak to other clubs about his future until the end of the season.
The Bosnian is out of contract this summer and has been linked with the likes of Dinamo Zagreb and Birmingham City.
However, Papac is not looking to the future and wants to secure the SPL title for Rangers before deciding where he will be playing next term.
"My wish is to fully concentrate on the remaining games this season and to try and win the title with Rangers," he said.
"Until then I will have no conversation with any other club or the media. I have nothing to say on all this speculation.
"No one has spoken with me or negotiated with me from any of these clubs that have been mentioned. Rangers are the only club I've spoken with."