Glasgow Rangers face Partick Thistle in the League Cup just days before they host Celtic at Ibrox in the first Old Firm game of the season.
When Lee Wallace had to be taken off during the first 12 minutes of Rangers' clash with Partick Thistle on Friday, Pedro Caixinha would have been forgiven for briefly letting his attention turn to the upcoming Old Firm game and beginning to worry about whether the captain would be ready for Celtic's visit to Ibrox next weekend.
Therefore, one of the last things that Caixinha needs is summer signing Declan John - who replaced Wallace for the rest of the 2-2 draw at Firhill - confirming that he is also carrying a slight knock in comments reported by the club's official website.
With another trip to Partick ahead, this time in the League Cup, before the first Old Firm meeting of the season, Caixinha would therefore be wise - if he has a choice - to turn to Myles Beerman to fill the void at left-back for Tuesday's game in the hope that it gives Wallace and John the best chance of being fit for the weekend.
Beerman made eight appearances for the Gers last season, and given that they all came following Caixinha's appointment, it appeared that he may well be in contention to be Wallace's main understudy this term, despite showing some naivety with a rash challenge on Patrick Roberts that gave away a penalty against Celtic.
However, the Malta international has not featured for the first-team during this campaign. But perhaps the upcoming game with Partick would be ideal for the 18-year-old to make his first appearance of the season.
Of course, a quarter-final is not the game to make a host of changes but Beerman proved himself to be capable enough that his inclusion would not significantly dent the team's chances of winning by any means. And if his involvement would boost Wallace or John's chances of being involved in the Old Firm game later that week then it is something that Caixinha should surely consider.