Rangers loanee Danny Finlayson is still yet to appear for Premiership club St Mirren, almost six months after moving there on loan.
Finlayson is a highly-rated young defender, who captained the Gers U18s to the Scottish FA Youth Cup during the 2018/19 season.
The Northern Ireland youth international was one of the first Rangers youngsters to benefit from the club partnership with USL Championship outfit Orange County SC, heading to the States in February 2020.
His loan stint there was disrupted by the pandemic, but he still managed to make 12 league appearances, playing mainly at right-back despite centre-back being his regular berth at Colts level.
It looked as though Finlayson was seen as a potential future first-team player, so it was a surprise that upon his return to Glasgow, he joined St Mirren on a loan deal with an option to buy for an undisclosed fee at the end of the season [Stmirren.com].
It seems Rangers felt that the likes of Lewis Mayo and Leon King were ahead of him in the pecking order and Jim Goodwin seized the opportunity to swoop for the 20-year-old.
However, bizarrely, despite not having any significant injury problems, Finlayson is still yet to make his debut for the Buddies, 175 days after his loan switch was announced.
He has made the bench for 16 Premiership matches and three League Cup ties but hasn’t been given any opportunity to show what he can do on the pitch.
The Gers loanee will surely be immensely frustrated by this point, but chances could finally arrive over the next few weeks.
St Mirren travel to Hamilton for a Scottish Cup Third Round tie on Saturday, and Goodwin may also elect to try out some new combinations in the post-split Premiership fixtures, with his team in no danger of relegation but no longer able to finish in the top six.
Rangers are in Scottish Cup action themselves at the weekend. TV details have been confirmed for their fixture against Cove Rangers, while supporters have responded to an impassioned plea made by the lower-league club.