A few days on from the transfer window closing, there are players who now find themselves in limbo having been unable to secure a transfer away from their respective employers during the Summer.
Here are five Scottish Premiership player who currently find themselves in this situation…
Scott Sinclair – Celtic
Sinclair has fallen right down the pecking order at Celtic Park and has been limited to just 56 minutes across all competitions this season.
He now finds himself behind youngsters Mikey Johnston and Lewis Morgan and the arrival of Mohammed Elyounoussi will not help him one bit either.
The 30-year-old Englishman was a superstar in his first two seasons at the club but was having to settle for more minutes off the bench last season.
Whilst he still scored a more than respectable 17 goals, the rate at which he was providing assists dropped significantly compared to the previous two seasons as he managed just six.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Celts should look to try and offload him for something in January rather than lose him for nothing at all a few months down the line.
Zdenek Zlamal – Heart of Midlothian
A catalogue of errors in recent months from the Czech stopper left manager Craig Levein with no option but to go out and find himself a new number one in the shape of Joel Perreira.
Zlamal appeared in each of Hearts four league cup group stage ties and first two league games but has not featured for the club since.
Rather than getting another chance when Perreira picked up an injury, Levein opted for 34-year-old Colin Doyle over him.
Zlamal’s future at the Tynecastle club is in serious doubt and it seems almost inevitable that he will depart come the January transfer window.
Greg Docherty – Rangers
Docherty returned to the Gers in the Summer after a fruitful loan spell down south with Shrewsbury but finds himself completely out of favour with manager Steven Gerrard.
The former Hamilton youngster has made five appearances for the club this term but is far from being first choice.
Despite having three years still to run on his contract with the Ibrox club, the coming months could well be considered make or break for him.
If he is unable to force his way into the side by January, the 22-year-old should be looking to get away from the light blues on a permanent basis.
Aidan Keena – Heart of Midlothian
The 20-year-old Irishman could have really have been doing with leaving the Jambos on loan during the Summer transfer window with first team opportunities looking unlikely.
Keena is, at best, fourth choice striker currently on the Gorgie club’s books and looks set to have to settle for reserve team football until January.
It is essential for Keena to be allowed out on loan in the January transfer window so he can continue his development by getting regular first-team minutes under his belt.
Jack Hendry – Celtic
At one point in the transfer window, it looked as if Hendry was going to get a move away from Celtic to Kilmarnock as part of a deal for Greg Taylor but the former Dundee man was reluctant to depart Celtic Park leading to that potential deal’s collapse and now he finds himself stuck in a tricky situation.
The 24-year-old’s move to Celtic back in January 2018 came as a surprise to many and in the time since he has done little to prove he is of Celtic quality.
Manager Neil Lennon has recently admitted it is going to be difficult for Hendry and it is hard to foresee Hendry getting game time any time soon.
Hendry quite simply must leave the Bhoys come January or risks setting himself back significantly.