Glasgow Rangers captain James Tavernier has praised Lewis Mayo following his cameo against Lyon in the first match of the Veolia Trophy in France.
The Gers faced Les Gones on Thursday, and they secured a morale-boosting 2-0 victory against a side that is still in the Champions League this season. The first strike was an own goal, before Ianis Hagi doubled the Ibrox outfit’s lead before half-time. Ryan Kent’s red card put a bit of pressure on the Gers, but they passed this test with flying colours.
Mayo came on in the second half, and Tavernier was clearly impressed with the centre-back. He said after the match:
“You want the boys to learn off us all and learn off the coaches and make a claim for themselves. It’s their career, they’ve got everything in their hands to be very good players. I’m delighted for them and the way they’ve conducted themselves. Nathan and Calvin, Rossco, he’s been on loan and he’s got his experience and I thought Mayo was actually terrific, he was solid at the back. Really happy with them.”
Mayo is currently inexperienced, having yet to make a competitive Gers appearance, but he did join Partick Thistle on loan in January and managed three games in the Championship – it would have likely been more had it not been for the fact that the season was suspended due to the current pandemic.
Should Lewis Mayo go out on loan again?
With Nikola Katic picking up a training injury that will see him be out for the foreseeable future, the path to a spot in the starting XI could be open, and if Mayo is receiving praise from the older heads in the side, he could be a surprise contender.
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