In the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, Michael Beale’s Rangers are gearing up for a potentially tough game against Partick Thistle.
In their previous Scottish Cup fixture, Rangers needed to dig deep to get past St. Johnstone. In a tense game that saw Rangers be the dominant side, St. Johnstone eventually succumbed to a rare Borna Barisic goal in the 45th minute.
Partick Thistle, meanwhile, needed to beat Dunfermline Athletic to get this far. The Jags fell behind in the first half, but equalised in the 55th minute thanks to Aidan Fitzpatrick. The game went to penalties, where Thistle emerged victorious and booked a date with Rangers in the fifth round.
Rangers and Partick Thistle last met all the way back in 2018, during Thistle’s latest stint in the Scottish Premiership. In that game, Rangers won 2-0 – will we see a repeat of this on Sunday?
The Gers could be without midfielder John Lundstram for their fifth round tie. The 28-year-old limped off in their last game against Ross County with a suspected ankle injury – his current condition is unclear as of yet.
Ianis Hagi, who has been out for over a year, may be given a chance in this game to get some minutes in. He has been away from first team football for a considerable period, so games such as this will be useful for him to regain his fitness.
John Souttar and Kemar Roofe are both major doubts – they could feature from the bench, but it looks unlikely at this stage. Additionally, Tom Lawrence, Ridvan Yilmaz, Filip Helander and Steven Davis all remain sidelined.