Rangers defender Lewis Mayo thinks it is an ‘exciting’ time to be at Ibrox with a ‘clear pathway’ to the first-team under Steven Gerrard as the Scotland under-21 opened up on his move on loan to Partick Thistle.

The centre-back headed to Firhill earlier this summer as he looks to force his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans, with Mayo hoping to emulate long-time Gers pal Nathan Patterson.

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Mayo and Kieran Wright ahead of a Europa League tie (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

While Mayo is with Scotland under-21s this week, Patterson made his first start for the senior national team last night and impressed in the 1-0 win over Moldova.

Mayo has been happy with how Rangers have kept in contact with his progress on loan and admits it was “best” for him to head to Maryhill and join the Jags on loan.

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“The exciting thing is there is a clear pathway – and it’s not just Nathan,” Mayo said.

“There are several players who have been in the Under-21s team but are now around the full team. And they will tell you that their experiences in the Under-21s team helped them get there.

“Nathan is a great talent. He’s taken his chance and projected upwards so quickly.

“We came right through Rangers’ academy and he’s younger than me, so I’ve known him for a long time. I’m delighted to see him take his chance.

“Rangers have been really good in terms of liaising with me on loan and keeping contact.

“I was lucky to get some experience in pre-season but it was best for me to get experience on loan and exposure towards first-team football in a competitive league.”

Since returning to Partick, Mayo has made three appearances for Thistle in their return to the Scottish Championship.

With plenty of competition for places at Ibrox, heading on loan makes a lot of sense for Mayo’s development in the coming months.

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Mayo scores during a pre-season friendly win over Oxford (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Playing regularly for the Jags will really help the Rangers youngster push on and start putting pressure on the likes of Connor Goldson, Fil Helander, Jack Simpson and Leon Balogun.

Meanwhile, a key Rangers star has been talking about his future at Ibrox amid £15m links out of the club this summer.

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