Rangers boss Walter Smith has ruled out using Kris Boyd in any deal to sign Cardiff defender Glenn Loovens.
Smith has confirmed his interest in signing Dutchman Loovens after a move for Watford's Danny Shittu broke down.
Reports have suggested Rangers were prepared to include Cardiff target Boyd in a player-exchange deal to persuade the Welsh side to sell Loovens.
Cardiff have held a long-term interest in Boyd and have already seen one bid rejected for the Scotland international this summer.
Bluebirds chief Dave Jones claims the club have rejected a bid from Rangers from Loovens as they look to keep hold of the highly-rated central defender.
Smith is keen to land Loovens, but he is admanant he will not include Boyd to push through a deal.
"We've been looking to get in another central defender and Loovens is a player who has been recommended and we are taking a look at," Smith told the Daily Record.
"But if I can't get the right ones we'll just go with what we have.
"It got a wee bit frustrating for Boyd last season with him not playing and I can appreciate that but I don't want to let him go.
"We have a few strikers and I'm sure one or two may go but Boyd is not one I'd want to let go."