Rangers are set to lose around £35million in matchday revenue in 2020-21 and so may have no choice but to cash-in on Filip Helander.
That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that Rangers will only listen to offers of £6million or more for the centre-back this summer.
The 27-year-old Sweden international has been linked to both Leicester City and Aston Villa by Aftonbladet, a news outlet in his home country.
Football finance guru Kieran Maguire has previously told this site that Rangers are set to lose out on around £35m in gate receipts in the absence of fans in 2020-21.
Whelan highlights the economic hardship which all football clubs are facing and claims that Rangers may be forced into selling one of their prize assets.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It is cheap, £6m. But we know somewhere down the line the books have got be balanced and the losses because of the Covid pandemic have to be accounted for.
“There have been no fans in stadiums and they have 50,000 fans every week when they play at home. That’s a lot of revenue lost.
“Yes, being in the Champions League will bring in money. But they’ve got to improve as well.
“They’ll want to take certain players out of the club as well. If they can do that and bring in some money at the same time, fantastic.
“But they are in the same position as most clubs in terms of trying to balance the books and trying to make their financial staus look a little bit more healthy.”
Helander has featured 27 times for Rangers in 2020-21 and played a prominent role in securing a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.
Rangers will be mindful that a good showing from Helander at this summer’s European Championship could give his market value a welcome boost.