Rangers exit not decided, says Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley

Facing Dunfermline could have been Bartley's (left) last game for Rangers
Facing Dunfermline could have been Bartley's (left) last game for Rangers

Kyle Bartley insists he does not yet know his fate as a Rangers player, despite reports suggesting he will return to Arsenal this week.

The 20-year-old has been on loan at Ibrox since the start of the season.

However, Rangers entered administration last week.

Bartley said on Twitter: "a lot of people asking me about the newspaper story today.. I don't know myself what the situation is, so please don't believe the media."

The defender, who missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock, is in his second spell on loan from the English top-flight club and his present deal is supposed to run until the end of the season.

That could be cut short should Rangers' administrators decide they need to cut staff to reduce running costs.

Joint administrators Paul Clark and David Whitehouse did not make any immediate cuts after their company, Duff and Phelps, took control of the Scottish champions last Tuesday.

And Rangers manager Ally McCoist said on Saturday that he remained hopeful job losses will be kept to a minimum following the administrators' review of staff.

"One of the things the administrators have said is that cuts, people losing their jobs, isn't inevitable," said the manager after the home reverse to Kilmarnock.

"They have said it's a possibility, but it's not inevitable. That in itself I would find encouraging.

"That's not to say that it won't happen, but I think it gives everybody hope.

"In the grand scheme of things, that is one of, if not the, most important things."

One of the main reasons for McCoist's optimism was the decision of the administrators to allow Rangers to attempt to conclude the signing of Daniel Cousin.

The club had confirmed the Gabon striker's return to Ibrox - subject to international clearance - 24 hours before the club was forced into administration.

Cousin was not registered with the Scottish Premier League at that stage and, under its rules relating to insolvency events, it blocked the player's registration on Friday.

Asked if Rangers will appeal the decision, McCoist said: "I don't know, I haven't spoken to the administrators, but we will definitely have a chat with the administrators.

"What I would say is, they totally backed us in attempts to get Daniel Cousin to the club.

"It was the board of the SPL who knocked it back."

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