But Neil Lennon has been delighted with the progress the youngster has made since heading to Rugby Park at the start of the season.
The midfielder, who did his reputation no harm at all with a solid showing against Liverpool in Dublin in August, has been called into the Australian team and Lennon is optimistic that in time the player will have a role to play in the Hoops first-team.
"I'm delighted for him," said Lennon. "I'm delighted that he has taken the opportunity to go out on loan and play.
"He did really well for us against Liverpool. Allan Johnstone rates him highly because he's played in him in all the games and he's a good kid.
"This period is important for him. Hopefully he'll come back a better player and more experience."
While the Barcelona game is hogging the headlines, Lennon is focused on today's tie with Kilmarnock.
"I'm not looking beyond tomorrow and I've made it clear to the players that anyone who has their eye on Tuesday won't play Tuesday," he said.
"We've done well so far in the league, really happy with the way we've played. And tomorrow's no different in what I'm expecting. I'm looking for a reaction after Tuesday.
"You don't want to be going into the Barcelona game on the back of two defeats, which I'm pretty sure we won't."