Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst fired out what sounded like an ominous warning to Ibrox fans ahead of the January transfer window.
Speaking ahead of his first window as Ibrox boss, van Bronckhorst was asked predominantly about any potential incomings to the club as he looks to make his stamp on the squad.
But to any Rangers fans listening the comments made by the Dutchman instead appeared to lean towards potential interest in some of his key stars.
For van Bronckhorst, the objective of the window is simply for Rangers not to be in any worse position than they are right now, with anything else assumedly a bonus.
“We have quite a lot of meetings with (sporting director) Ross Wilson so we know what we want to do [and] in which areas we have to be prepared if something happens,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].
“It’s always good to have the squad you want at the end of the window, it’s never good when you are a less squad than when you came in.
“The objective for us is when the transfer window ends we should have a quality squad as well.”
Several key Rangers stars have been linked with January exits
Ahead of the January window, several key Rangers stars have been linked with high-profile moves to clubs all around Europe.
Much has been made of the gap in Rangers’ finances after the announcement of a £23.5m loss but the club are adamant any shortcomings have been filled for this season whilst there is no pressure to sell.
Those reassurances – given by managing director Stewart Robertson at the last AGM – make clear that Rangers will not let their top assets go on the cheap.
Nonetheless, the comments of Giovanni van Bronckhorst suggest that Rangers are bracing themselves for bids for some of their top talent.
The likes of Connor Goldson, Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara are never far away from links to the Premier League, whilst Alfredo Morelos, Borna Barisic and Ianis Hagi are international footballers likely to be on shortlists across Europe.
But if anyone wants Rangers’ best players then it’s clear they’ll need to cough up – and if they do van Bronckhorst is clear that plans will be in motion to replace them.
The Dutch coach claims that Rangers are “positive” regarding the current contract situation involving two in-demand players heading into the window.