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Rangers v Partick Thistle
Rangers striker Jean-Claude Darcheville may not be risked in the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle as he recovers from a hamstring strain.

Barry Ferguson will be missing with an ankle injury but Nacho Novo, Charlie Adam and Steven Naismith return after being ineligible for the CIS Cup final.

First Division Partick Thistle will again be without striker Liam Buchanan, who is recovering from a groin injury.

But on-loan Damon Gray has been given permission to play by Hibs.

Rangers won the CIS Insurance Cup on Sunday and, with a hectic league and Uefa Cup schedule ahead, some fringe players may be given a chance.

"I would think there might be one or two changes from the weekend," said assistant manager Ally McCoist.

"The last two games have taken an enormous amount out of the lads who played.

"Having said that, it's a game that we must win. The most important thing these days is having squads - not teams - who are capable of handling a lot of games.

"We will find out in the next few weeks if we've got that and hopefully we have."

Partick Thistle boss Ian McCall, a former Ibrox player, is also expecting his old team to shuffle their pack but knows it will be tough for his side.

"It's almost pointless watching Rangers in big games because they will field a different team and probably change their system against us," he said.

"We will try to get a result by whatever means possible but there is no doubt that there is a gulf between Rangers and ourselves.

It's like Rangers or Celtic playing against Barcelona.

"We have experience in players like Alan Archibald, Simon Donnelly and David Rowson who have all played at Ibrox before so that will help the younger players in the team.

"And no matter who we are playing against, it's about what we do on the night."

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