Rangers defender Lewis Mayo is looking forward to getting some regular first-team football after moving on loan to Dunfermline for the rest of the season.

Mayo was one of three youngsters to head out on temporary deals yesterday and is excited to help the Pars push in the Championship after a brief taster of first-team action last season with Partick Thistle.

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The central defender was one of seven Auchenhowie graduates to be named in Scot Gemmill’s Scotland under-21 squad for the upcoming Euro qualifiers and is excited at the prospect of playing competitive football this season.

“I am delighted to be here, I think that there is a lot to look forward to. 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,” Mayo told Dunfermline’s official website.

“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.”

Mayo will play alongside former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker at East End Park as Stevie Crawford’s side aim to make it into the playoffs this term.

After impressing with the first-team during their pre-season fixtures in France, hopefully Mayo can make a big impact in Fife this season and continue his development, making his first appearance for them in this afternoon’s friendly with East Fife.

Getting regular games will be a massive boost for him with the Pars getting their season underway on October 6 when they travel to Dumbarton in the League Cup.

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