A day which started with rumours about Ally McCoist's future as Rangers boss ended in fresh humiliation as his side lost 2-0 to Queen of the South.
Goals from Kevin Holt and Gavin Reilly at Palmerston now leave the Ibrox side in danger of falling 12 points behind Scottish Championship leaders Hearts and all-but out of the race for automatic promotion.
And it does nothing to untangle the uncertainty surrounding McCoist's fate.
Reports emerged around 1.30pm suggesting the boss had handed in his notice, while sources later claimed his resignation offer - which could cost the club up to £1.4 million - had been knocked back by the Light Blues' cash-strapped board.
McCoist - under pressure following recent defeats to Hearts and Alloa - refused to answer questions as he arrived in Dumfries but did say he was "100 per cent committed" to the club.
As the 52-year-old (pictured) took his place in the dug-out, he was praying for a victory that would have at least allowed him to look his critics in the eye. But by the end of the match he was left looking on through the cracks in his fingers.
The club have refused to comment on the story and speaking before the game in Dumfries, McCoist was more interested in talking about the match.
"I am completely focused on the game and I can't comment on anything else," he said.
"You'd need to task the club about all that.
"I've no idea if this will be my last game. I certainly hope not."