Who has been Rangers top performing loan player?
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Who has been Rangers top performing loan player?

Rangers currently have eleven players from both the first team and Academy out on loan at various levels around Europe.

The key question is, who has been the top performer whilst out on loan? This is a tough question to answer as there have been some excellent performances since the start of the season.

Rangers Lewis Mayo has been performing well out on loan at Partick Thistle. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Names such as Niko Katic and Cedric Itten have been playing in continental leagues, although their performances have been of mixed success. Whereas youngsters such as James Maxwell and Kai Kennedy have been performing in the Scottish Championship and gaining experience at a level that matches their current ability.

Top-performing loan player

The player I think who has been consistently good out on loan this season is Lewis Mayo. The defender joined Partick Thistle in the summer and has featured heavily for the newly promoted team so far in this campaign.

The 21-year-old has played 15 times for the club and scored once [SofaScore] as Partick finds the transition from League One to the Championship a fairly comfortable one to negotiate as they currently sit in fifth place, just five points off Inverness at the summit.

Mayo has also featured for the Scotland under 21 side whilst on loan at Partick and has impressed whilst playing for the national team.

The defender played a key part for his adopted side as they went on an incredible nine-game unbeaten run which only came to end following the recent defeat to Arbroath.

Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo has impressed whilst out on loan at Partick Thistle and could have a good future in the game.(Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

There are many talented youngsters currently at Rangers vying for an elusive first-team spot. With these performances in the Championship and for the Scottish under 21 side, he is doing everything he can to catch Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s eye.

Meanwhile, the defender could well return to Rangers in January to provide vital defensive cover as current options are limited.