Lewis Mayo has spent pre-season training with international players at Rangers – but now he’s looking forward to an exciting challenge in the Championship with Dunfermline.

The Rangers prospect has joined the Pars on loan until the end of the season. He has been with Steven Gerrard’s side throughout pre-season and into the new campaign, but now leaves Rangers for more experience.

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Mayo has arrived on loan at East End Park from Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He had his first taste of Championship action last term with Partick Thistle before the 2019/20 season was curtailed. Mayo will hope to build on that under Stevie Crawford’s guidance.

A central defender by trade, Mayo is also capable of stepping into the engine room where required. He’s played midfield in the Rangers academy setup and has also played various roles across the backline.

Recently called up to Scot Gemmill’s Scotland U21s side, his parent club want him to build up his senior reputation. Mayo is excited by the challenge ahead as he looks forward to more second tier football.

“I am delighted to be here, I think that there is a lot to look forward to,” said Mayo (Dunfermline FC). “It has obviously been a difficult situation with everything going on but this is the positive end of it and I am looking forward to what happens.

“I am from Lenzie and have been at Rangers for my whole football career, so that is home to me. I played three games while on loan to Partick before football got shut down and I enjoyed getting that taste of competitive football and playing in the Scottish Championship.

“That was part of the decision to come back out on loan again this season, I wanted to go and really have a go at it and fight for a place somewhere. I think Dunfermline is the right place for me to do that.”

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