The imminent return of Nikola Katic from injury means Rangers should not hesitate to sell defenders to raise cash for the club.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed that defenders Filip Helander and George Edmundson may be sold in the summer. 

This site first broke the news that Rangers slapped a £6million price tag on Helander and it is understood that £1m would be enough for Edmundson.

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An anterior cruciate ligament injury has sidelined Katic for approaching a year.

But manager Steven Gerrard told the Scottish Sun he hopes the 24-year-old will be fit for pre-season ahead of 2021-22.

And Whelan insists that offloading Helander and Edmundson for a combined £7m would be wise considering Katic’s imminent return.

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“It makes sense,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“There’s no danger selling those players and bringing some money into the club knowing that you’ve got backup there.

“He’s ready to come back into the fold and join up with the squad.

“We all know the situation with Covid and the problems it’s caused. It’s always good to get some money into the club.

“But they can recycle that money somewhere else. Therefore, it opens the door to fill other positions with that money.”

Katic arrived in Glasgow in June 2018 after Rangers paid Slaven Belupo £2m for his services.

The one-time Croatia international has turned out 60 times for the club in total.

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