Osman Sow is facing an uncertain future at Dundee United after being sent back to Tannadice by Kilmarnock.
One of the first moves made by new Killie manager Alex Dyer after he was appointed until the end of the season was to wave an early goodbye to the on-loan United striker.
The 29-year-old Swede played an hour of the Rugby Park side’s 1-0 defeat away to St Mirren on Sunday and that was his final appearance for the Ayrshire men before returning to his parent club.
He originally joined the Tangerines on an 18-month deal during the last January window so his current contract is due to end in the summer.
It looks extremely unlikely that he will be part of boss Robbie Neilson’s plans if, as expected, United win the Championship title and go back up to the Premiership.
Neilson said: “Osman’s contract with Kilmarnock was due to be up in the middle of January.
“He had an issue with his injury to start with but he is back and he came on for them (Killie) at the weekend.”
While they work out what to do with him, Sow will rejoin his United teammates at their training centre at St Andrews this week as they prepare for Saturday’s match against Queen of the South at Palmerston.
He has played only a single minute for the Championship leaders this season – as a late substitute for Lawrence Shankland in the game against Dunfermline on August 24 – but featured nine times for Kilmarnock.
Declan Glass is also likely join Sow at United at the end of his loan move to Cove Rangers, although that has yet to be confirmed.
Neilson added: “Declan has done really well so he is likely to come back.
“We haven’t nailed that down yet because if he is coming back then he willl have to be in with a chance of playing.”
Going out of the door is Logan Chalmers, who has been training with Arbroath and is expected to spend the second part of the season on loan at Gayfield.
Meanwhile, former United captain Jon Daly has left Hearts by mutual agreement.
The Irishman became the under-20s coach for the Tynecastle side in January 2016 and was subsequently promoted to first-team coach.
There is, however, no room for Daly on the backroom team under new manager Daniel Stendel as the Edinburgh men try to avoid relegation from the Premiership.
A club statement confirmed: “Jon Daly has left Heart of Midlothian Football Club by mutual agreement.
“Jon became Hearts’ U-20s coach in January 2016 following a successful striking career with the likes of Dundee United and Rangers.
“He would go on to become a first team coach at Hearts and twice took on the role of interim manager following the departures of Robbie Neilson and Ian Cathro.
“The club would like to thank Jon for his effforts at Tynecastle Park and wishes him well in the future.”