By Alan Hutton

18th Aug, 2021 | 10:04am

Hutton makes 'massive' Rangers v Celtic claim as four big-name Ibrox exits on the cards by 31 August

Alan Hutton has conceded Rangers could sell four of their star players to “balance the books” after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he hopes Steven Gerrard can keep his squad together to challenge Celtic for the Premiership title.

As quoted by BBC Sport, Gerrard admitted the defeat to Malmo will have an “impact down the line”.

Earlier this month, finance guru Kieran Maguire told Football Insider that Rangers were set for a “£20m+ windfall” if they advanced to the Champions League group stage.

Failing to do so has sparked fears over the futures of stars like Alfredo Morelos, Glen Kamara, Connor Goldson and Ianis Hagi.

Gerrard, however, said Rangers are in no “hurry” to sell.

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With automatic Champions League qualification on the cards for this season’s Premiership winners, Rangers TV pundit Hutton urged the Light Blues to hold off cashing in.

He told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “I hope they can hold off for another 12 months – this season’s massive as if you win the league, you go straight into the Champions League play-off.

“You want to hold on to your best players because of that but missing out on £30million plus means there’s probably a need to balance the books somewhere.

“That’s probably the biggest worry for Rangers fans. We knew that Morelos was always going to be linked with a move.

“But now there are rumours of Hagi going, Goldson still hasn’t signed a contract and neither has Glen Kamara.

“Gerrard has always said if the right number lands for a player, they will have to look at it. That’s how it is now with how Rangers and Celtic are run.

In other news, this ex-Premier League ace, wanted by Southampton, has been offered to Rangers.