It looks difficult to predict where Rangers youngster Ross McCrorie may find himself once the summer transfer window closes.
Steven Gerrard surprised many Gers fans by letting the 22-year-old leave Ibrox on loan last year. And it proved to be a mixed time away from the club for the academy graduate.
When he did play, McCrorie was often excellent as Portsmouth reached the League One play-offs. However, he managed just 17 league appearances for Pompey, with injury playing a part in his season.
So it is not yet clear what his loan spell has done for his position in the pecking order upon his return to Ibrox.
Rangers look extremely strong in midfield. And while they have lost Nikola Katic to injury (via club’s official website), he also faces plenty of competition if he is looking to get into the side at centre-back.
It would therefore, perhaps be little surprise if McCrorie was given the green light to look for another loan spell for the coming season.
And perhaps a loan move would become even more likely if Rangers manage to land one of their reported targets this summer.
The Evening Times recently reported that the Gers are interested in Kristiyan Malinov. And it was suggested that the Bulgaria international had placed a potential move to Ibrox high on his list of possible options.
Malinov would arguably be an extremely exciting signing for Rangers. But his versatility may place another hurdle in front of McCrorie.
The 26-year-old can play in a variety of midfield roles. But the large majority of his appearances for CSKA Sofia this past season came in a holding position.
If that is where Gerrard would like to use Malinov, then McCrorie may struggle to secure the game-time that he would like.
So perhaps one more loan move could be best for all parties should Gerrard add his reported target to his ranks.