Kirk Broadfoot admits his future may lie away from Rangers if first team opportunities are limited this season.
"I've been pretty unlucky with injuries over the last three seasons," said Broadfoot. "Hopefully this year I can get over that and move on.
"I need to know where I stand. I've missed enough football, I don't want to be here just covering positions.
"I want to be playing week in, week out. I've come to the age where I need to be doing that."
Broadfoot became a mainstay of the team after signing from St Mirren in 2007 but has had several lenghty lay-offs since March 2009.
And, asked if he would consider being loaned out to another club, the 26-year-old replied: "If I'm not seen as a first-team regular, yes.
"I'll see how things develop and if it looks that way then I'll have to speak to the manager.
"If it's a challenge then I'm up for the challenge and I'm ready to go.
"At the end of the day, if I'm not given that chance to prove that I'm good enough to play week in, week out then I'd have to look elsewhere."
Meanwhile, Broadfoot would be happy to see Carlos Cuellar returning for a second spell at Rangers, despite the further competition for places it would bring.
"Everyone in the squad will get used at some point and the more bodies, the better for us," added Broadfoot.
"We would love Carlos back. We all know him as a player, he's a nice person. You can see the quality he's got. If it's done, it's only good for Rangers.
"If we get Carlos in and maybe another one, I think we'll be defensively secure and we'll hopefully get a few more bodies elsewhere."