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Rangers defender Kyle Bartley says talks over the future of Rangers' squad are ongoing after reports emerged that a group of five players had agreed to leave without any redundancy pay.

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Bartley, on-loan from Arsenal, said he does not expect a final decision to be made on potential redundancies on Tuesday after further talks with the club's administrators.

On Monday, Duff and Phelps revealed in a statement that it had not been possible to reach a consensus where players could accept the necessary level of wage cuts to prevent job losses within the squad.

But reports emerging from Ibrox claimed both Scotland Under-21 international Gregg Wylde and Sweden international Mervan Celik had asked to be released from their contracts without taking any redundancy pay.

Rangers' squad had asked the club's administrators to consider a final proposal overnight for discussion on Tuesday morning and Bartley said: "Talks are still ongoing but I've just decided to go home and come back tomorrow and see what happens.

"No decisions have been made yet. We just have to wait and see.'' Asked if he was expecting a final decision on Tuesday, the centre-half said: "I don't think so.''

Bartley was then asked what the mood was like inside Murray Park and replied: "Not great.''

Wylde, who has made 47 appearances for the club, is believed to be among a group of five players, including Celik, who have agreed to leave the club without a pay-off.

"I wanted to help out the club by keeping people in a job,'' Wylde told STV. Asked about the gesture made by his young team mate, Bartley told media waiting outside the Milngavie complex: "It's fantastic.''

The defender then told Sky Sports News: "All the players who will be taking wage cuts or leaving will be saving people's jobs. I don't think anyone who is still at the club wants to leave but it is a situation where some may have to leave to benefit the club.

"My parent club is Arsenal. It was said I'd go back if there were cuts but nothing has been decided yet. I am still a Rangers player for this season as it stands. It is a shame that such a big club has come to such a crisis. It is a very sad time for Rangers.''

Bartley later returned to the training complex while team-mates Kyle Lafferty and Sasa Papac left. There was also evidence of players' agents arriving, with Steven Naismith's representative, Peter McLean, driving into Murray Park.


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