Kirk Broadfoot admits he could look elsewhere for regular first-team football if Rangers do not offer him the chance to earn it at Ibrox.
The versatile defender, who can play in any position across the back four, missed a large chunk of last season due to injury and is reluctant to spend any more time on the sidelines.
Now fully fit, Broadfoot concedes he may have to consider a loan spell away from the Scottish champions if his opportunities to win game-time are likely to be limited next term.
Asked if a loan move could be an option, he replied: "If I'm not seen as a first-team regular, then yes.
"I need to know where I stand. I've missed enough football and I don't really want to be here just covering positions to be honest.
"I want to be playing week in, week out. I'm at the age where I need to be doing that."
Broadfoot, 26, added: "I came here as a young boy from St Mirren and I expected not to play any games whatsoever and ended up playing in every game in Europe all the way to the Uefa Cup final.
"If it's a challenge, I'm up for the challenge and I'm ready to go.
"But, at the end of the day, if I'm not given that chance to prove that I'm good enough to play week in, week out, then I would have to look elsewhere."
A foot injury means Broadfoot has not featured in a competitive match since the UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester United last November.
But he says he is more than ready for the new Scottish Premier League season, which gets under way with the visit of Hearts on Saturday.
He said: "Pre-season has been short so I came back four or five weeks early to make sure I was ready to go.
"I've been unlucky with injuries over the last three seasons so hopefully this year I can get over that and move on.
"I love playing football and missing games frustrates the life out of me to be honest.
"It is part and parcel of being a footballer and you just have to be strong, deal with it, and get on with it."