Rangers Academy star Cole McKinnon could be heading out on loan this summer, according to a report, with Partick Thistle touted as a possible destination for the midfielder.

McKinnon, who has previously been on loan at East Fife, made his first-team debut in the final game of last season, scoring as the Light Blues beat Hearts at Tynecastle.

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According to the Sun, McKinnon could follow the likes of Lewis Mayo, Juan Alegria, Jake Hastie and Zak Rudden and make the move to Firhill temporarily.

The 19-year-old faces a tought fight for regular football at Ibrox next season and the Light Blues hierarchy feel he’ll benefit from more consistent game time while out on loan.

Rangers and Partick have a strong relationship with Jags boss Ian McCall appearing to be trusted to do right by the Gers youngsters while they are with the Jags.

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McKinnon is highly-regarded at Ibrox and the chance to go and play in the Champioship consistently next season would be ideal for him.

At 19, he needs to get regular minutes under his belt soon and after impressing in the Lowland League, the B team is, arguably, beneath him next term.

With Alex Lowry and Charlie McCann set to be part of the first-team squad next season, the pathway is there if McKinnon proves his quality at Partick.

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