Rangers youngster Lewis Mayo is expected to be loaned out by the club for the remainder of the season in order to gain first-team experience.
The Daily Record reported that the 19-year-old defender is wanted on loan by Partick Thistle, who have been in discussions with the ‘Gers about a possible deal for the youngster. According to the Daily Record, the teenager trained with Rangers’ first team squad in Dubai in recent days but is set to go out on loan for the next few months.
While Mayo has yet to make his competitive senior debut, he has appeared frequently for Rangers’ development side this season, captaining the team for three games in their UEFA Youth League campaign and also playing several matches in the Scottish Challenge Cup. The closest he has come to a first-team debut was when he was named on the bench for the home leg of their Europa League qualifying tie against St Joseph’s last summer, but he was not called upon to feature that evening (as per TransferMarkt).
The 19-year-old centre-back’s path to the first team has been blocked by Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Filip Helander and George Edmundson. While Helander is currently sidelined with a foot injury and Edmundson has played just 374 minutes this season, Goldson has been Steven Gerrard’s most-used player with 3,240 minutes of game-time (ever-present in the Premiership and Europe) and Katic strengthened his case by scoring the winner against Celtic a couple of weeks ago.
With Mayo only making the first team squad once all season (six months ago) and still waiting on a senior debut, his prospects of senior minutes at Rangers have looked unlikely for some time. Also, Gerrard has only used two players under the age of 21 so far this term, with Jake Hastie and Josh McPake getting a grand total of 92 minutes between them (as per TransferMarkt).
A loan move to Partick Thistle would seem to be in the best interests of both Mayo and Rangers, as the youngster should be more likely to get his first taste of senior football in the Championship and the Ibrox club could get back a more experienced and confident young defender if his planned loan spell at Firhill goes positively.
That he trained with the first team in Dubai indicates that Gerrard has some faith in him, but with the manager rarely turning to youngsters in competitive fixtures, Mayo should benefit from getting valuable first-team experience elsewhere before pushing strongly for a place at Rangers.
Rangers fans, would you be in favour of Mayo going out on loan for the rest of the season? Do you think he will get his chance at Ibrox at some stage in 2020? Have your say by commenting below!
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