You wonder whether Lee Wallace hobbling off 12 minutes in against Partick Thistle on Friday night to hand Cardiff City loanee Declan John his debut will be a watershed moment in the immediate future of both players at Ibrox.
Skipper Wallace will always be a hugely respected figure at Ibrox for sticking with the club following their liquidation and demotion to the Third Division back in 2012. At 30 years of age, however, his best days are behind him and his influence at both ends of the pitch has waned considerably of late.
John, meanwhile, is the new kid on the block. Rangers’ final signing of a frantic summer of recruitment, the 22-year-old Welsh international was cast into the background at Cardiff once the clearly unconvinced Neil Warnock arrived in October of last year and moved to Ibrox to get a promising career back on track.
He’s certainly made a positive first impression, his pace and attacking intent standing out in two games against Partick in the space of four days in league and cup.
And some supporters are even going as far as to suggest that John, who will be out of contract at the end of this season, is already capable of stepping into Wallace’s shoes long-term.
With the long-serving captain ruled out of the Old Firm clash with Celtic on Saturday thanks to a groin injury, and John likely to step in, that theory is likely to be tested.
Haven't seen enough to say that, but from what I've seen it's possible!— Alisdair (@Alisdair14) September 20, 2017
Looks more comfortable than Wallace on the ball going forward.— Ryan (@18Ryan72) September 19, 2017
Tonight he was excellent, hope that's a regular level. Need more games to judge that though— Pena Cartel (@GazMc8823) September 19, 2017
Slate me all you want but Declan john done more last night than Wallace has done all season— Stu (@boag22) September 20, 2017
Been defending Wallace for ages been a great servent but he's not good enough for our starting 11 going forward— RFC99 (@rangers1999_) September 20, 2017
I agree, looks excellent going forward but was found a bit wanting at the back— Marjory Young (@madmarj3003) September 20, 2017
Been saying it for ages that Wallace is never a captain and needs dropped— DCooper7 (@MarkMcKay1990) September 20, 2017
Gotta say declan john looks much livelier than Wallace.— Stuart Gordon (@stu_in_edin) September 19, 2017
However based on this performance, I'd take Declan John over Lee Wallace anyday— David Hill (@DaveHill31) September 19, 2017