MOTHERWELL gaffer Stuart McCall admitted signing a centre-back is his priority after stopper Tim Clancy knocked back a new contract.
The news that the Irishman has rejected the two-year deal tabled by the club has comes as a real blow to the Well boss after club captain Stephen Craigan decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
McCall said: "I have no axe to grind with Tim Clancy heading for pastures new.
"But we can't compete with the wages he has been offered from elsewhere in the SPL and the English League One.
"So, if anything, we are going to have to look at bringing in a prospect on loan, much like we did with Gavin Gunning from Blackburn a couple of seasons back."
As McCall looks to keeping disruption to a minimum at Fir Park, Clancy admitted it was a tough call to walk away from the club and the prospect of playing in the Champions League.
He said: "It was a very hard decision for me to leave as I loved my time at the club so much.
"I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the boys when they embark on their European run in July."
lThe Motherwell board have revealed that they would consult with their fans if a "newco" Rangers were to apply for entry into the SPL.
A statement from the club said: "In the event that a 'newco' proposal is presented to us, we intend to fully discuss with representatives of our supporters' groups, prior to making any decision."