IAN McCALL has been SACKED by Partick Thistle in the aftermath of the team’s 3-2 loss during a chaotic Scottish Cup confrontation against Rangers at Ibrox last night.

The Firhill club had led 1-0 at the interval through a Kevin Holt penalty-kick, but toppled out of the competition following an extraordinary second-half.

A brave performance from the Jags couldn’t save McCall or his backroom staff from the axe.

The Maryhill side, in a club statement, said: “Partick Thistle FC have this evening relieved Ian McCall, Alan Archibald and Neil Scally, of their duties in relation to the first team with immediate effect.

“The club would like to place on record its sincere appreciation to all three for their contributions to Partick Thistle over many years.

“Under-18 coach Kris Doolan will take on the role of First Team Manager on an interim basis, and will be assisted in this regard by Academy Director Paul McDonald.

“At this crucial juncture of the season, we ask all members of the Partick Thistle family, to get behind Kris and the team as we strive for promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

“No further comment will be made this evening.”

McCall was in his second stint at the club having returned from Ayr United in 2019.

The team finished fourth in the second-tier last season and are still pushing for promotion in this campaign.

The defeat at Ibrox was their third on the spin, but the Jags are still in fifth place in the table.

Antonio Colak equalised shortly after the interval and Malik Tillman netted a controversial second before a sporting gesture from Gers gaffer Michael Beale allowed the visitors to make it 2-2 through Scott Tiffoney.

James Sands headed in the winner from a left-wing corner-kick four minutes from time to put the holders into the 5.30pm quarter-final draw at Hampden tonight.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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