Having struggled to establish himself as a key man in the Rangers side, it was always going to be a difficult task for Jason Holt to prove a point to Steven Gerrard while away on loan this term.
Holt made 33 appearances for the Gers last season. And although there were some very good performances amongst them, it was little surprise when he was given the green light to leave on loan in the summer.
The 26-year-old is now back at Ibrox after sustaining an injury playing for Fleetwood Town. But the League One side's boss Joey Barton has already suggested, in comments reported by the Blackpool Gazette, that he would love to bring the midfielder back if he is available in the future.
And that perhaps is an opportunity that Gerrard must consider taking up when the summer transfer window opens as it is difficult to see Holt forcing his way back into the picture with the Scottish Premiership side.
Holt could have a role to play. But given the quality and - more importantly in Holt's case - the depth Rangers have, keeping him arguably makes little sense for all parties.
The former Hearts man needs to be playing at this stage of his career, and Gerrard would probably prefer to free up a little more room on the wage bill ahead of what could be a huge summer for the Gers.
Players such as Andy Halliday will give Holt some encouragement if he sets his sights on being a part of the Gers squad next term. Few expected Halliday to be so important this season.
But with another manager expressing interest, perhaps Rangers should consider letting Holt move on in the summer as it is tough to see him playing anything more than a fringe role at Ibrox if he sticks around.
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