Rangers have suffered their first transfer disappointment of the upcoming window, with their hopes to bring Scott McTominay to Ibrox dashed.
The emergence of Ross McCrorie into a central midfield role has demonstrated that Rangers do not actually need the Manchester United youngster.
McCrorie is just 19, and he is a player they should begin building around.
Pushing him down the pecking order simply to get the unproven McTominay for a few months would be a backwards move.
With McCrorie's contract having just 18 months remaining, it could even have backfired.
Rangers are smart to be looking at young players from the English Premier League, but McCrorie has shown there simply is not a need for McTominay.
Mourinho's decision not to let McTominay leave appears to be a blessing in disguise for Rangers, who can now focus on players they actually need.