With Rangers heading off to France next week for a mini-tournament with Nice, Lyon and Celtic (teams from the same country won't play each other), the last thing Steven Gerrard needed was a long-term injury - but that's exactly what has happened to Nikola Katic.
The 22-year-old Croatian central defender will be out until the New Year, and with the new Scottish Premiership season just around the corner, it leaves Gerrard with a dilemma; does he trust the three centre-halves available to him - Conor Goldson, Filip Helander and George Edmundson - until Katic's return, or does he use up vital transfer funds to sign a replacement?
Rangers will have targets in various positions, of that there's no doubt, but a new central defender wouldn't have been in his thinking.
It provides a dilemma because signing a squad player or back-up player isn't worth the investment; if he is going to strengthen that area, it must be with a player who makes the starting team better.
Do Rangers have the funds for such a move? Even if they do, does Gerrard want to invest heavily on that part of the team? It could potentially mean he has to sacrifice another part of the team he wanted to improve, which would be a setback.
Goldson is clearly Gerrard's No.1 choice as he was selected most often of the trio last season, so it's up to either Helander or Edmundson to nail down the other spot if Rangers opt to go as they are.
The problem with that option is that Helander started only 17 of Rangers' 53 games last season, missing a lot with a foot injury. At the back of Gerrard's mind will be a recurrence of that injury, which would be a blow if he decides not to make an addition to cover Katic.
That would leave just Edmundson, who started only 12 games last season. He is a work in progress, but with very good potential.
Last season, he was eased into the side, with the management team selecting his game time cautiously, and he grew in stature and confidence. There's no doubt he's still learning his trade and to play for a club like Rangers, consistency will be the key to him cementing a first-team place.
I'm not sure Gerrard is ready to commit to Edmundson at the minute, and views him more as a back-up player.
Looking across the city at rivals Celtic, they have a settled pairing in the same position with Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer.
If Neil Lennon can manage to hold on to both players, he will feel confident for the season ahead. Both players have also shown their versatility by playing in a back four and a back three.
Putting everything together, it's a big decision for Rangers manager Gerrard considering it is such a big season for him and his club as they attempt to stop Celtic eclipsing every other domestic side in Scottish football history by claiming an unprecedented 10 league titles in a row.
Gerrard is under scrutiny due to his record of not managing to win a major trophy during his two-year tenure at Ibrox.
A strong start to next season, building momentum early on and not handing any initiative to rivals Celtic, will be vital for the confidence of the team and the belief of his players.
It's a make or break season for Gerrard and he can't afford to get his recruitment wrong - or his squad building wrong, for that matter.
It will be interesting to see how Gerrard deals with this unexpected predicament as it could have a huge bearing on where the title ends up next season.