Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford was impressed with the performance of Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo in the Pars’ match with Inverness on Tuesday night.

Dunfermline might have been held to a 1-1 draw by Inverness. However, that didn’t stop Crawford from being impressed with the 20-year-old. He was playing in an unfamiliar position as a defensive midfielder. Mayo is usually deployed as a central defender.

Impressed with loanee

However, with Steven Whittaker being rested, Mayo took his place. Crawford was very impressed with his performance.

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Dunfermline’s Lewis Mayo in action against Inverness (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It is something we had done our homework on. When we had spoken to Rangers and Billy Kirkwood. Lewis had played a number of games for Rangers Reserves in that role” he said.

“Steven Whittaker has been struggling with an ankle injury, and we didn’t want him to play three quick games. But Lewis Mayo came in, and I thought he was terrific” Crawford mused.

It will be interesting to see if Mayo keeps his position in midfield for Dunfermline’s next game, which is against Raith on Saturday.

May only be temporary move

Judging by Crawford’s comments, it might only be a temporary move until Steven Whittaker is back fit. However, as the Pars boss said, the club knew that Mayo can play in that position. Therefore, he seems like a good option to have in the squad.

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Dunfermline’s Lewis Mayo impressed manager Stevie Crawford (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Rangers will no doubt be watching Mayo’s performances closely as well. The likes of Steven Gerrard will no doubt want to be informed how the player is progressing. At the moment, Mayo’s time at Dunfermline seems to be going well, and most importantly, Stevie Crawford is pleased with his performances.

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