Steven Whittaker claims Rangers' players knew they would miss out on Europe this season as soon as the club went into administration.
Rangers beat Dundee United 5-0 at Ibrox on Wednesday with the win confirming Motherwell will finish third in the SPL and take the second UEFA Champions League spot alongside Celtic.
Second-placed Rangers are unable to compete in Europe next season because they will not be granted a UEFA licence given their financial woes.
And Whittaker admits he realised the club would not be playing in Europe when the administrators were called in on 14th February, despite Craig Whyte, the owner at the time, claiming it would be sorted within weeks.
The 27-year-old defender said: "We always knew as soon as we went into administration that we weren't going to get out of it quickly enough so it was going to be a case that we were not going to be in Europe next year.
"We knew that and Motherwell have got that position.
"A club like Rangers should be in Europe and, of course, we want to play in Europe.
"But the circumstances of next season are out of our hands and it's been decided that we're not going to be there.
"What the boys will decide, I think the club needs to sort itself out first before the guys make decisions.
"European competitions are what everyone wants to play in. We are here to win titles and do the best we can.
"Europe is obviously great revenue for the club as well. It's a massive competition and it's just disappointing that we won't be there next season."
Rangers were at least able to bounce back from the disappointment of Sunday's Old Firm defeat in style with a convincing win against United.
And Whittaker believes the result spoke volumes for the attitude of the players in adversity.
"It was all about reacting to the weekend," he added. "We were really disappointed with that result and the performance.
"It was about putting it right. The attitude and performance showed that it was a positive reaction."