Falkirk have parted ways with captain Aaron Muirhead – but will it come back and haunt the Bairns as they fight for their Championship status.
The 28-year-old moved to the Bairns in 2015 from Partick Thistle and made 143 appearances during his time with the club.
Muirhead was a regular in the side until new year and has only played one minute since the calendar changed over.
The defender was appointed captain after Mark Kerr’s departure and was a big figure in the Ray McKinnon’s side.
After playing regularly in central defence or at right-back, McKinnon had also used him in midfield at times this season.
Despite barely featuring this year, McKinnon’s side aren’t exactly blessed with depth in numbers.
As they try to avoid relegation, Muirhead would have been an important figure to have around.
Having been part of the run to the Scottish Cup final in 2014, he has a wealth of experience to have helped the Bairns try to stay up.
Paul Dixon and Ciaran McKenna arriving this month has given McKinnon different options in defence and Muirhead looks to be the biggest casualty.
With only one point separating the Bairns and bottom-place Partick Thistle, he could have played a key role in their survival.
Muirhead would be a good signing for any of Falkirk’s Championship rivals and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him sign with one before the end of the month.