Walter Smith has revealed that he could hand loan star Richard Foster his Rangers debut on Saturday.
The reigning SPL champions are set to face Hamilton this weekend, and will do so without Kirk Broadfoot and Steven Whittaker, who both picked up knocks while away on international duty with Scotland.
That has left the Gers short of options at right-back and they could turn to the versatile Foster to provide cover.
The 25-year-old, who signed from Aberdeen on deadline day, was not expected to be thrust into the action so soon, but Smith admits he has little alternative.
He told the club's official website: "Richard is a player who can offer us versatility.
"I felt we had enough cover up front so that allowed us to let Andrius Velicka go up to Aberdeen and get playing again which is the most important thing for him.
"Richard can cover for a good few positions which is ideal for everyone and we would hope that he can do a good job for us.
"He might be involved this weekend because we have knocks to Steven Whittaker and Kirk Broadfoot who both had to withdraw from the Scotland squad.
"So we will need to see how they are at the end of the week before we make any decisions but if neither of those players make it then there is an opportunity for Richard to get a start right away."
Rangers will be looking to prolong their perfect start to the season at New Douglas Park, but Smith insists there is still plenty of room for improvement from his side.
He said: "We have made a decent start to the SPL in the sense that we have recorded three wins and we are happy with that.
"However, I don't think we are quite into our stride. We have made slow starts in two of the matches and that's something I hope we can rectify.
"We are now entering an extremely busy stage of the season so we must make sure we hit the ground running, starting with Saturday's game at Hamilton.
"Accies are a team that seem to make a few changes in the close season so it takes them a little bit of time to get started.
"We have found them difficult opponents in the last couple of seasons. We have had to work extremely hard to get wins against them.
"However, we want to maintain our winning start to the season and that's the most important thing."