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Ian McCall confirms talks with Rangers over new Lewis Mayo loan move

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall has confirmed he wants to bring Rangers defender Lewis Mayo back to Firhill next season – but confessed he expects to face competition for the Scotland youth international.

Mayo was a regular for the Jags as they reached the Championship promotion playoffs as they came close to securing back-to-back promotions and a stunning return to the Premiership.

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McCall is due to go on holiday today and was due to meet Ross Wilson before taking a rare break, as he insisted that Mayo is “only going to get better and better.”

“I’ve spoken to Lewis about it and I [had] a meeting with Ross Wilson,” the Thistle boss said [Glasgow Times] “I think it will be up to Lewis because there might be other teams in for him. I don’t want to flood the team with loans but I do like loans that are going to be regular players.

“The other one that I’m hoping to get on loan, it’s almost tied up, I would expect him to play a lot of games in midfield as well.

“I really think I can help Lewis with various aspects of his game and he is only going to get better and better.”

Despite impressing at Partick, Rangers opportunity might have passed Mayo by

After a strong season at Firhill, Mayo has done really well for McCall’s side – but his chance to stake a claim for a place in the first-team at Rangers may have passed him by.

The emergence of Leon King and Calvin Bassey as genuine options as centre-back means it’ll be much harder for Mayo to have any chance of game-time at Ibrox.

A return to Thistle seems like a safe bet for him for next season and give Mayo plenty of chances to impress on the pitch.

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