With neither Carlos Pena or Eduardo Herrera enjoying the best of starts to their Rangers careers and the manager who signed both men now gone, it would be easy to suggest that the pair's Ibrox spells may end up being over before they really begun.
Pena enjoyed a bright spell between September and the start of October, but has been overshadowed by the other midfielders in the squad in recent weeks, while Herrera has started just once in the Scottish Premiership, and has scored just twice in all competitions.
Herrera has spent three minutes on the pitch since Graeme Murty took caretaker charge, while Pena has not featured since his extremely poor performance in the Scottish League Cup semi-final in Pedro Caixinha's penultimate game in charge.
And their misery has been compounded with Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio suggesting that they will need to be making a contribution to the Gers if they hope to get back into the national team ahead of next year's World Cup, The Scottish Sun reports.
Therefore, it could certainly be argued that the pair are facing make or break periods for their Rangers spells.
With both struggling for minutes, it must be tempting for the pair to try and make sure they get themselves a move out of the club during the January transfer window to teams where they are guaranteed the minutes they need to impress Osorio.
Or Murty, and whoever the next boss proves to be, can use Osorio's comments to try and motivate Pena and Herrera to make the most of their Rangers spell.
If they are told that proving themselves on the training ground will see them earn the opportunities that they need out on the pitch, then it will soon become apparent whether Pena and Herrera have what it takes to make themselves important members of the Rangers squad.
And given the glimpses of quality that they have, infrequently, shown thus far, the pair using their World Cup hopes as additional motivation to thrive could see Rangers benefit enormously during the coming months due to players that some may be writing off right now.