Speculation has mounted this week Rangers could recall loanee James Maxwell from Queen of the South to replace Calvin Bassey.
The 21-year-old left-back was named on Wednesday by manager Steven Gerrard as one of five Light Blues who breached Covid-19 lockdown rules by attending a party in Glasgow last weekend.
This leaves them with a major battle to save their Rangers careers and avoid the frozen-out fate of last November rulebreakers Jordan Jones and George Edmundson.
There have been suggestions from Rangers supporters that Maxwell, 19, could be recalled from his season-long spell at Scottish Championship side Queen of the South to fill the deputy left-back hole left by Bassey.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that is not possible, even in emergency situations.
Rangers would needed to have recalled Maxwell during the recently-shut January window in order to bring him back to Glasgow.
That avenue has now been closed and it leaves Gerrard with either of his back-ups in the two full-back positions.
Nathan Patterson has been developed this season as James Tavernier’s deputy, while 2020 arrival Bassey has filled in for Borna Barisic on the other flank.
The two youngsters are now starting a major battle to save their Rangers careers.
Football Insider revealed on Monday the Glasgow giants are planning to suspend the rule-breaking players for the rest of the season although nothing has been decided yet.
Maxwell has been a mainstay for Queen of the South this season, making 15 league starts among 20 appearances in all competitions.