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Rangers midfielder Lewis MacLeod will play no part in Friday's Scottish Cup fifth-round tie against Dunfermline at Ibrox.

Boss Ally McCoist had been hopeful the Scotland U21 international would shake off the effects of a calf strain in time to face their League One rivals.

However, he took no part in training on Thursday morning and McCoist will now stick with the players on duty in last week's hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Brechin City.

Defender Bilel Mohsni, who was sent off in that match after picking up two yellow cards, will be able to face Jim Jefferies' side before serving his two-match suspension.

Long-term absentees Nicky Clark, Chris Hegarty, Kyle Hutton and Ross Perry remain on the sidelines although assistant boss Kenny McDowell is happy with the progress of the quartet.

Clark (fractured foot) is a couple of weeks away, while the other trio are close to returning to full training, according to the League One leaders' website.

Dunfermline boss Jefferies travels west without the services of three of his recent arrivals.

Danny Grainger, Ross Forbes and Jonathan Page, who joined the East End Park squad during the January transfer window, miss out having represented previous clubs in earlier rounds of the tournament.

With Rangers 23 points ahead of Dunfermline in the league, a cup run is now the main point of interest for the Light Blues fans.

"I don't know if it takes on greater significance, it certainly has massive significance," McCoist said. "Obviously last year wasn't good for us, we had a disappointing result at Tannadice.

"It would be good for the supporters and the players. You need a bit of luck to go on a cup run and we certainly need that, but we certainly believe we've got players who can go on a cup run.

"We believe, outwith Celtic, who would be most people's if not everybody's favourites to win domestic competitions because of their strength at this moment, we believe we are on a par with the rest of the SPL teams. Aberdeen are obviously very strong as well.

"But we are looking forward to the tie and nothing more than an opportunity to extend our run."