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WALTER SMITH has confessed Rangers ARE facing the nightmare scenario of having to sell £12million-rated stopper Carlos Cuellar.

Their humiliating midweek Champions League exit to Lithuanians FBK Kaunas has left a huge hole in the finances.

And as SunSport revealed, Spurs boss Juande Ramos is considering a mega-bucks swoop for the Spaniard.

Cashing in on Cuellar — who cost £2.3m a year ago — would allow Gers to virtually recoup their Euro losses.

Spurs have already filled the Ibrox coffers to the tune of £9m for Alan Hutton.

When asked about the prospect of Cuellar being sold, Smith said: “Our situation has always been the same.

''It was the same with Alan.

“If somebody comes in and offers the club a level of money like that, then there’s always a pressure on you to give that consideration.

“Especially just now after getting knocked out of Europe.

“That’s where the pressure is — the fact you are more liable, or more susceptible, to an offer.

“But so far we’ve not had one and I’m hoping that continues.

“Everybody is obviously hoping that continues to be the case.

“We still want to bring new players in. But it’s proving difficult to get our hands on people who could supply us with a slightly different style of play.

''If they become available, then we’ll do our best.”

Smith and Ibrox chief Sir David Murray faced angry Gers fans on Friday and admitted Cuellar could go if Spurs offer huge money.

But Jim Templeton, president of the Rangers Supporters’ Assembly, is glad they won’t flog him to make up the £12m lost by the Euro KO.

He said: “We are still trying to bring in fresh blood and are not about to sell our best players.

“A few nerves were settled when we asked about Carlos.”

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