Dick Advocaat, the Rangers manager, has warned Sunderland and any other interested parties that the midfielder Claudio Reyna is not for sale.
The United States captain was the subject of a reported £3.5 million bid by the Wearsiders, which was rejected by the Ibrox chairman David Murray. Advocaat said Reyna was an integral part of his team.
"It is quite simple. Claudio Reyna is, this season, not for sale," Advocaat said. Reyna's contract runs out in 2003 and the player has often made it clear he is happy at Ibrox.
"We have opened talks with his agent with a view to extending his contract – something we have been doing recently with other players who we rate as important to the future of the club," added Murray.
Reyna is set to line up against Paris St-Germain in tonight's Uefa Cup third-round first leg where Advocaat believes that his defence holds the key. "PSG have players who can score goals. They look to the counter-attack in the away game with the pace of Nicolas Anelka," he said.
"So we have to be very careful at the back but we can score goals as well. In short, we must be well organised and try to find goals. They invested heavily in mostly Brazilian players last summer plus £23m for Anelka the year before. So they have a quality side after the way they spent that money.
"They are an excellent team – like Rangers. Not only are we scoring goals, at the back, we are looking very steady. That is all to do with playing the last eight games with the same team. Everybody knows each other much better."
Rangers will be without the striker Shota Arveladze, with Ronald de Boer set to return. The match will be refereed by the Swedish official Karl-Erik Nilsson, who was in charge of Rangers' 1999 Champions' League qualifier in Parma.Reuse content