Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes is looking forward to working closely with Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo after the defender joined the Rugby Park side on a season-long loan.
Mayo, who spent last season on loan at Partick Thistle, came up against McInnes’ Killie side last season in the Championship and the ex-Rangers midfielder was impressed with what he saw.
After the Scotland under-21 international’s loan move was confirmed, McInnes expressed his joy at landing the versatile star ahead of Kilmarnock’s return to the Premiership.
“Lewis started really well in his loan spell with Patrick last season and showed signs that he’s clearly improving,” McInnes said. “We look forward to working closely with him to develop him and I’m sure he’ll help us in the challenges ahead.”
McInnes’ side travel to Ibrox on the second day of the season, meaning Mayo will have to sit out against his parent club while the Rugby Park men look to stun the Gers and snatch three points.
Mayo needs big season as time nears for Rangers future decision
The coming 12 months are going to be massive for Mayo as he looks to prove he has a long-term Rangers future.
Playing regular football in the Premiership can really help him push on and fulfill his undoubted potential, but he’s still got a long way to go.
His versatility will stand him in good stead, although consistent minutes in the same position would be preferable for Mayo’s development.
Mayo was a regular for Partick Thistle last season and has also spent time on loan at Dunfermline after making his Rangers debut in a friendly two years ago.