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Cup final misery for Templeton

Rangers winger David Templeton looks likely to miss next month's Ramsdens Cup Final after picking up an injury in the title-winning match against Airdrieonians last week.

The former Hearts player has undergone a scan on a groin problem and results reveal he could be out for as long as six weeks, which would also rule him out of the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United at Ibrox.

And manager Ally McCoist may be forced to take on Raith Rovers at Easter Road on Sunday week without the services of striker Andy Little.

The Northern Irishman's thigh strain is not as serious as first thought but the Edinburgh showpiece, and the semi-final, could come too soon for him.

But better news for McCoist, whose side are chasing an unprecedented treble of League One, Ramsdens Cup and Scottish Cup, is the return to action of Ross Perry.

The defender, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury since July, showed no ill-effects after playing the opening 45 minutes of the U20s match at Inverness earlier this week.

Midfielder Lewis Macleod will visit a specialist on Thursday to check on the progress of the viral condition which has seen him consigned to the sidelines since the end of January.

McCoist is hoping for good news and told his club's official website: "Lewis is back in at the hospital today and we'll keep our fingers crossed on that one.

"It's a viral issue he's seeing the doctor about for an update so the next time I speak I'll hopefully be better qualified to give people some good news which would be great.

"In the longer-term, Templeton and Little are both still out. They had scans which determined they'll be out for a few weeks, sadly, rather than one or two games."