Rangers have a host of players out on loan currently – both in Scotland and further afield – but with the season coming to an end it will soon be time for decisions to be made over their long-term Ibrox futures.
Jak Alnwick, Jason Holt, Eduardo Herrera, Greg Docherty, Jordan Rossiter, Ryan Hardie and Joe Dodoo are among the first-team players currently plying their trade elsewhere with a number of Academy players also on temporary deals elsewhere.
But can any of them force their way into Gerrard’s plans next season?
For some of them, the answer is already clear.
The likes of Alnwick, Herrera, Holt and Dodoo look almost certain to have played their last game for the Gers and even if they had enjoyed hugely successful loan spells, they just don’t fit at Ibrox.
With all four still having a year left on their contracts though, they may have to kick their heels on the sidelines for a year unless they can find new clubs in the summer.
Docherty, Hardie and Rossiter have all impressed during their respective loan spells and it’s a bit harder to guess where the future lies for each of them.
Hardie seems to be the least likely of the three to be involved next season but the former Scotland under-21 striker should be given a chance in pre-season to show what he can do and whether he is up to challenging for a starting place.
At 22, there’s no point keeping him around as a talented youngster who might come good – it’s now or never at Ibrox for him.
Midfield pair Docherty and Rossiter face tough competition if they are to force their way into the side with the Gers midfield already packed.
Doc’s showings at Shrewsbury have surely impressed Gerrard and his coaching staff though and the former Hamilton kid deserves an opportunity to show what he can do at Ibrox.
His energy and creativity could be just what the Gers have lacked this season and he could save the Light Blues a few quid in the summer.
Rossiter is the biggest conundrum of all though.
The former Liverpool youngster is supremely talented and has the quality to be an important player for the Gers – there are just some real nagging doubts that he’s made of glass.
His spell at Bury will have been fantastic for him though and the chance to play regularly will be a big boost after almost two years sidelined.
If he can stay fit then he’s the one with the biggest chance of becoming a first-team regular next season – but he’ll need to come through pre-season unscathed.
Should he do that, then he might finally get the chance to live up to Robbie Fowler’s claim that he’s the “next Steven Gerrard.”
He’ll just need to impress the real Steven Gerrard first.