That may have consequences for Gers loanee Jak Alnwick’s future.
He lined up between the sticks at Glanford Park as the Iron welcomed already relegated Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.
Any pre-match optimism was quickly dashed, though, with the visitors going 3-0 up in 15 minutes.
A comeback was initiated in the second half, but with the game finishing 3-2, demotion now looks imminent.
Alnwick’s adopted side are second bottom in the table with one fixture remaining. They travel to fellow strugglers Plymouth Argyle at the weekend, after picking up just two points from their last five matches. They need to upset the odds to win that game and hope other results go their way to avoid the drop.
Relegation presents a problem for Alnwick
Back in January, Rangers agreed to extend the 25-year-old keeper’s deal loan deal until the end of the season. That looked to suggest he is surplus to requirements at Ibrox.
He’s contracted to the club for another season [Transfermarkt]. Yet, if he returned, he would likely be third, or possibly even fourth choice, behind Allan McGregor, Wes Foderingham and Robby McCrorie.
Therefore, it had looked as though a permanent deal with the Iron would be beneficial for all parties.
Scunthorpe could soon be just one rung away from the National League. That would constitute a considerable step-down, for a player who turned out multiple times for Newcastle in 2014/15.
At the minute, neither a return to Ibrox nor a permanent switch to Scunthorpe look appealing.
When the window opens, he may hope that an alternative readily presents itself. Otherwise, his career looks set to take a backward step.