Rangers Colts star Lewis Mayo admits that he can’t get much better than going up against Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe as he looks to force his way into the first-team reckoning at Ibrox.
The talented youngster was recently promoted to the first-team dressing room at the Hummel Training Centre and is working with Steven Gerrard’s squad on a daily basis.
Mayo has also been getting advice from Connor Goldson in training and the youngster was involved in the pre-season games earlier this year before returning to the Colts, where he has shone so far.
“Connor Goldson has been brilliant with me, he has always had an eye out for me when I play alongside him and he works with me,” Mayo said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Jermain Defoe has been excellent as well because I play against him. He will tell me what I am doing well.
“It is hard [playing against Defoe] and the thing is, it is either him or Alfredo Morelos, so you are not really getting a break. It is one or the other.
“They are both top quality strikers that are at the top of their game. As a learning experience, you are not going to get much better than that going and playing against them.”
The versatile youngster can play in defence or as a holding midfielder and it is likely to be the latter position he is deployed in when the Colts take on Wrexham later today.
Getting to go up against one of the best English strikers of his generation in Defoe and an up-and-coming top-tier talent in Morelos, Mayo will be kept at his very best if he is to impress in training.
He’s clearly been doing that so far and, hopefully, there’s an opportunity in the first-team for him before too long.