Steven Whittaker admits Rangers players had come to terms with the fact they will not be playing in Europe next season long before helping Motherwell secure their place in the Champions League qualifiers.
An impressive 5-0 win over Dundee United at Ibrox on Wednesday night sealed second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and ended their visitors' hopes of catching the Fir Park side for third spot.
With administration-hit Rangers unable to obtain a UEFA licence due to their finances, their Champions League berth goes to Motherwell instead.
But Whittaker was prepared for such a scenario when Rangers were forced to call in the administrators on February 14 over unpaid tax bills accrued since Craig Whyte's takeover last May, despite the owner's claims at the time the club could be out of administration within weeks.
The defender said: "We always knew as soon as we went into administration that we weren't going to get out of it quickly enough so it was going to be the case that we were not going to be in Europe next year. We knew that and Motherwell have got that position."
Rangers could be banned from Europe for three years if preferred bidder Bill Miller's plans for a new company fall foul of UEFA's regulations and Whittaker has no idea whether lack of European football could spark an exodus in the summer.
He added: "A club like Rangers should be in Europe and, of course, we want to play in Europe. But the circumstances of next season are out of our hands and it's been decided that we're not going to be there.
"What the boys will decide, I think the club needs to sort itself out first before the guys make decisions."
Rangers bounced back from Sunday's Old Firm derby defeat in style against United thanks to a double from Sone Aluko and goals from Whittaker, Jamie Ness and Alejandro Bedoya.
The full-back said: "It was all about reacting to the weekend. We were really disappointed with that result and the performance. It was about putting it right. The attitude and performance showed that it was a positive reaction."