Michael O'Halloran's superb form for St Johnstone in the first half of the season prompted Rangers to recall him to Ibrox.
O'Halloran starred during his loan spell, scoring five goals in 16 games.
It made a lot of sense for Rangers to bring him back, but upon his return he has not worked his way into Graeme Murty's plans.
The good form of attackers Josh Windass and Jamie Murphy has contributed to O'Halloran being deemed not surplus to requirements, but it is a little puzzling that the winger has not had a chance.
He scored for Rangers' development squad earlier this month, but so far his prospects do not look good.
Since returning to Ibrox he has not even featured in a match day squad, let alone the bench.
At this stage it seems like Rangers would have been better off leaving him at St Johnstone, but it has at least let Rangers have a renewed look at him in the context of their current options.
If the Gers deem him not up to standard, then it is time to cut their losses this summer, and at this point, bringing him back early to learn this helps them cut their losses sooner, rather than dragging out his Rangers career for a further year.
Make no mistake, his return can be deemed a colossal failure so far, but the positive is that the winger can move on this summer, as opposed to waiting until next January or summer 2019 to realise this.