By Kieran Maguire

8th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Kieran Maguire: Rangers 'directors' could force sale of 'big-name player'

Rangers may be forced into a “big-name” player sale next summer if they don’t qualify for this season’s Champions League.

So says finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Rangers’ summer transfer window so far.

George Edmundson left the club for Ipswich Town for £1million, as revealed by this site on 26th July.

He is the first eight-figure sale Rangers have sanctioned since Josh Windass joined Wigan in a £2.5m move in August 2018.

But Maguire claims they may have no choice but to sell a star player next summer if they fail to make the Champions League group stages.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “If they qualify for the Champions League, they are actually in a very strong position.

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“The reason that a big-name player might leave is that you need some form of a revolving door at the club.

“If you’re going to be signing players, you can only get 11 players on the pitch at one time and you can only have a squad size of a certain amount.

“If they qualify for the Champions League, there is no pressure. If they don’t then it comes down to the directors. Then we might see sales.

“They have said that the club has moved from a recovery phase to a growth phase.

“That’s the time that you normally invest anyway but that will stop at some point anyway because they are looking to be self-sufficient.

Rangers were beaten 2-1 by Malmo on 3rd August in the Champions League third qualifying round.

They must overturn that deficit this Tuesday (10th August) if they are to stand any chance of making the group stages.

In other news, pundit tips Rangers to land £20million-plus windfall after financial update.