Murray Wallace's first match after completing his transfer from Huddersfield Town to Scunthorpe United could well be against Chelsea.
The Iron and their former Town manager Mark Robins head to Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Centre-back Wallace signed a three-and-a-half year contract on Saturday, but the deal was sealed too late for him to face Wigan Athletic in League I.
The former Falkirk player’s settling-in process should be smooth after he spent two months on loan at Scunthorpe earlier this season.
Wallace, also linked with Scunthorpe’s League I rivals Fleetwood Town, managed by his former Falkirk boss Steven Pressley, played 13 times.
The 22-year-old, bought for £300,000 from Falkirk four years ago, made 60 Town appearances and won Scotland Under 21 honours while at the club.
Robins, whose side are 15th in League I, is delighted with the deal, saying: “It sends out a message that we really want to go places.
“To do that we have to compete for the signatures of better players. We are delighted to have him and I am sure he will make a difference.
“There was not just us interested in him. He is a good player and it has been like a try-before-you-buy.
“We know what he is capable of doing and it gives us real competition in that position.