Rotherham boss Paul Warne has admitted that Rangers could recall winger Jake Hastie in January, if the winger is unable to step up and hold down a place in the team this month.
Hastie joined the Ibrox giants from Motherwell in the summer, and managed two appearances under Steven Gerrard before being loaned out to develop in England's League One with Rotherham.
But although he started phenomenally well, with three goals in his first three games, he has fallen out of favour somewhat since October.
He started eight consecutive games at the start of the season, but hasn't started since, and found himself left out of the squad altogether when the Millers took on Southend at the weekend.
And Warne, speaking about Hastie - as well as fellow loanees Dan Barlaser and Carlton Morris - admitted that any of the trio could easily be recalled in January due to a lack of game-time.
“They’ve all added something at different times to our team," Warne said of the three.
"It wouldn’t surprise me that if Dan, Jake or Carlton don’t play enough games in December their parent clubs would want to move them. I understand that.”
With just 11 appearances so far, Hastie has featured the least of Warne's on-loan triumvirate, and naturally seems most at risk of heading back to Scotland prematurely.
There has been no indication as yet that Rangers are unhappy with the use of their 21-year-old star so far, but this does suggest that they have the capacity to do so if they wish.
It seems unlikely, however, given the competition for places in the Rangers squad at present - unless he is to immediately head out on loan elsewhere.
Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo offer dynamic wide options, while Jordan Jones closes in on a return, and Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo have each proved to be effective in the wide areas where necessary.