Former Ibrox favourite Alex Rae believes Rangers will remain as part of the Scottish football set-up for years to come.
Despite chief executive Charles Green calling on the Glasgow giants to quit the SFL, Rae insists they have nowhere to go.
Green issued his statement after Rangers were excluded from talks over the restructuring of Scottish football, a plan which looks likely to be voted through before the end of the month.
The blueprint, which would see a new three-league set-up of 12, 12 and 18 teams, would mean Rangers begin next season in the lowest tier of Scottish football for the second year running.
That prospect infuriated Green and the Yorkshireman called on his board to find a way out of Scotland as soon as possible.
However, speaking on Sky Sports News, Rae said: "It's fair to say Charles is not happy with these plans. Most groups had said they wanted a 16-team top league.
"He has said he wants out and obviously England would be a possibility. Ukraine and Russia are exploring a possible merger at the moment and they will be monitoring that.
"Maybe in the future there could be something but as it currently stands there is nowhere to go for Rangers. UEFA have stipulated that there will be no cross-border leagues.
"Now they will just have to work their way through the leagues in Scotland."