Glenn Middleton’s hopes of leaving Rangers on loan this month could have been dealt a serious blow after he picked up a foot injury, according to the Daily Record.
The wide man spent the first half of the campaign with Hibernian, but returned from the capital after failing to establish himself as a regular in the starting XI.
Since then it is understood that St Mirren and Ross County were among the clubs to contact Rangers over a potential deal that would see him leave Ibrox once more, while Dutch side NAC Breda also expressed an interest.
But the Scottish youth international picked up a foot injury during a reserve game against Motherwell on Monday, and now faces a nervy wait to determine whether or not he will be fit enough for another loan stint.
The Gers are now awaiting the results of a scan on the problem area.
Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, manager Steven Gerrard said: “Glenn has an issue with his foot that happened in a reserve game.
“He has had a scan so we are just waiting for the results of that but he will be missing in the short term.”
What does this mean for Middleton?
The short answer is that it’s probably not good news.
Of course, he might be okay, and it could have no bearing whatsoever on his short term future.
But the alternative is a spell on the sidelines that takes him beyond the end of the transfer window and ties him to Ibrox until the rest of the season.
While that wouldn’t be the end of the world, it would almost certainly signify a season that some may deem wasted.
After failing to feature regularly for Hibernian, the hope will have been that Middleton could have gone out and really flourished at a new side.
Instead, a few more months sat in the reserves and not doing all that much looks like a real possibility, and will not be welcomed by the player or the club.