The 19-year-old bluenose broke through into the Ibrox side last season and impressed with a debut goal in the 3-1 victory over Hearts as the Premiership rolled to a close.
But amid stiff competition in the middle of the park Cole McKinnon was farmed out on loan to the Jags and ever since he’s been a revelation at Firhill.
The midfielder has impressed in the middle for Ian McCall’s team and McKinnon’s performances have played a big role in firing Thistle to second in the Championship table.
Cole McKinnon has also added two goals and an assist to the cause, with the midfielder’s latest strike coming in the weekend’s 2-0 win away to Arbroath – and it was a beauty too.
McKinnon skipped past the hapless Red Lichties to net in the 90th minute and the goal is an example of a young player growing in confidence by the game.
Newcastle Utd tail Rangers kid Cole McKinnon
Now, the Sun are reporting that Newcastle United have eyes on Cole McKinnon and have sent scouts to watch the Rangers youngster play for Partick Thistle this season.
They claim that Rangers rate McKinnon highly – hence why he was tied down to 2025 this summer – but that Newcastle United like what they see.
As a result, the Saudi-backed billionaires may well test Rangers’ resolve and if they do it won’t be the first time they’ve been after an Ibrox youngster.
Both Newcastle United and Man City were extensively linked to last season’s breakthrough Ibrox talent Alex Lowry but the midfielder would eventually pen a three-year deal at Rangers.
Meanwhile, Rangers have been placed on a special UEFA watchlist alongside the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.