Steve Kean has warned El Hadji Diouf he will have limited opportunities at Blackburn Rovers next season.
Diouf is due to return to Ewood Park in the summer after spending the second half of the season on loan with SPL champions Rangers.
The 30-year-old helped Gers to the title and has previously hinted that he would be keen to remain at Ibrox on a permanent basis.
He currently has a year left on his contract at Blackburn and it is uncertain whether he will be offered the chance to join Rangers following Craig Whyte's takeover.
However, if he is unable to secure a permanent exit from Blackburn, the Senegal attacker will find himself on the fringes, according to Kean.
The Blackburn boss told the Daily Mirror: "He's going to find himself a bit further down the pecking order as far as starting goes. I don't know if that will suit him."
Diouf joined Rovers in a £2million deal from Sunderland in January 2009 and has scored four goals in 62 appearances for the club.