Mark Walters has urged Rangers to be “selfish” and seek an exit route from Scottish football.
The former Gers winger knows such a move would be a blow for the game north of the border but believes his old club should look after themselves.
The Light Blues currently play in the Irn-Bru Third Division after liquidation was confirmed in the summer and they lost their status as a top-flight club.
The idea of quitting Scotland has already been mooted by Ibrox chief executive Charles Green, who is unhappy with league reconstruction plans.
Walters said: “Maybe Rangers should be a bit selfish, try to go into the English leagues and build up that way.
“With what has happened, it’s an avenue they should look at.
“That would definitely be a more commercially viable route and, down in England, it seems as though Rangers were a bit harshly treated in some respects.
“I don’t think it would be a bad thing if they tried to get in, although I understand the problems there would be in Scotland if Rangers left the game there. But the move would help Rangers.”