Rangers youngster Lewis Mayo has admitted he was “grateful” to be part of the pre-season trip to Portugal with the first-team and hopes to get more chances to impress after scoring in the 5-0 win over Oxford United yesterday.

The defender was a half-time replacement but only took a matter of minutes to grab a goal when he bundled the ball over the line in front of the Copland Road.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Rangers defender Lewis Mayo  scores his team's third goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Mayo is looking to take on as much as he can while he’s working with the first-team and is “loving” being with Steven Gerrard’s side as they prepare for the new season.

“It was fantastic, I was grateful for the opportunity to go to Portugal and train with the first team and work with the staff on and off the pitch,” Mayo told Rangers TV.

“I have been around the first team recently and I don’t know how it is going to go going forward but I am just loving everything as it is coming.

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“When I am training I am playing with and against some of the best players in the country and learning from some of the best. Also from the staff with the experience and quality that is there so I am just trying to absorb as much as I can.

“I’ll be ready to go if given the nod so I’ll just need to wait and see what happens.”

The Scottish youth international partnered Connor Goldson at the back in the win over Oxford and could find himself involved in the Europa League clash with St. Joseph’s tomorrow.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Lewis Mayo of Rangers scores his team's third goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After playing his part in helping the reserves win the league last season, Mayo’s step up to the first-team is well deserved after a string of impressive performances for Graeme Murty’s team.

Whether Mayo gets the chance to stay with the first-team as the season progresses remains to be seen but the young defender has made an impressive start with the senior squad ahead of the new campaign.

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