Rangers will welcome Glasgow rivals Partick Thistle to Ibrox in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup but it means that Ibrox loanee Cole McKinnon will miss the trip.

The draw also means that ex-Rangers full-back Lee Hodson could make a return to the club where he played briefly under the management of Mark Warburton.

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Now plying their trade in the Scottish Championship, Rangers will be big favourites to overcome Partick Thistle who will be weakened by the absence of Cole McKinnon at Ibrox on the weekend of February 11th.

Signed on loan from Rangers in the summer, the midfielder has been an influential member of Ian McCall’s team this season, playing in 18 Championship games, scoring three goals and laying on three assists.

McKinnon, 19, also played close to an hour in the 3-0 third round victory over Kelty Hearts but the midfielder did miss the penalty kicks win over Dunfermline.

The youngster is unavailable to play against his parent club.

Rangers fans will remember Cole McKinnon from the youngster scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over Hearts towards the tail end of last season.

Cole McKinnon to miss Partick Thistle trip to Rangers

The absence of the player will come as a blow to Partick Thistle, who could call on Lee Hodson for the Scottish Cup trip to Rangers in February.

The right-back spent three-years on the books at Rangers and two seasons in the squad before being farmed out for the final year of his contract to St Mirren.

A Northern Irish international, the 31-year-old is a name familiar to Rangers fans and they will likely see the player back at the club for the Scottish Cup clash with Partick Thistle.

The Kilmarnock star joined the Jags on an initial loan deal last January and this has since been extended into the summer of 2023.

Rangers reached the Scottish Cup fifth round courtesy of a 1-0 win over St Johnstone with the Ibrox side the current holders of the competition having beaten Hearts 2-0 in last year’s final.

Meanwhile, here’s the latest on the club’s pursuit of Morgan Whittaker.

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