Morton manager Anton McElhone confirmed that Rangers loanee Josh McPake “tweaked his knee” in training on Monday, causing him to miss out on the Ton’s 1-1 draw with Ayr United last night – as speculation over his future grows.
McPake was reportedly at Harrogate Town’s abandoned clash with Carlisle United in League Two as his loan deal with Morton comes to an end.
McElhone admitted that McPake was unlikely to feature against Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup on January 9, leaving a doubt over whether he has made the last appearance of an impressive spell at Cappielow.
The winger’s absence from the draw with Mark Kerr’s Honest Men was confirmed by the Ton’s Twitter account shortly before kick-off as Aidan Nesbitt’s penalty gave Morton the lead before Luke McCowan pulled Ayr level.
With McPake’s future uncertain, McElhone admitted he’ll “just wait and see” if McPake returns to Cappielow again.
“He tweaked his knee on Monday in training and came out. So all it was is a precaution,” McElhone said.
“He went back to Auchenhowie and spoke to Rangers because he’s their asset, he’s their player, and they are looking after him for the next few days and then we take it from there.
“His loan is up on January 10 or 11 and we probably wouldn’t have used him in the Scottish Cup as we wouldn’t want to cup-tie a loan player so we’ll see what happens.
“If he comes back, then fine, we just take it from there. At the end of the day, he’s Rangers’ player and we’ll just wait and see.”