Rangers have made smart use of the loan system in recent years.
Players like Jermain Defoe and Ryan Kent have really bolstered the ranks at Ibrox, with the latter even earning himself a permanent move last summer.
In terms of outgoings, several players have been able to go and get regular minutes at other clubs for their own development, and when that hasn’t been the case, the Gers have not been afraid to act ruthlessly and bring them back to Ibrox if needed.
But it’s an altogether different scenario when players aren’t getting game time because of an injury.
And that’s the prospect facing goalkeeper Jak Alnwick at the moment.
The stopper has looked since moving Blackpool on loan over the summer, but as per manager Simon Grayson, as quoted by the Herald, he is now facing a spell on the sidelines.
Alnwick was withdrawn during a Boxing Day defeat to Accrington Stanley, and the Tangerines’ boss has delivered a fairly worrying prognosis for him.
He said: “Jak will likely be out for up to 12 weeks because of his arm injury.
“He has an operation on Friday and we’ll continue to assess him throughout his period on the sidelines.”
This will be a real disappointment for the Gers.
With Alnwick impressing thus far in England, keeping seven clean sheets in 22 League One appearances, as per Transfermarkt, he must have been catching the eye of Steven Gerrard, whether that’s as a potential squad member, or as a way of making some money in the transfer market.
But either one of those prospects will have been halted somewhat by his latest setback.
Hopefully he can get back up and running by the end of the season, because he could still prove to be an asset for the Light Blues further down the line.