Feyenoord defender's absence lets Rangers youngster shine for Scotland u21s
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Feyenoord defender's absence lets Rangers youngster shine for Scotland u21s

Rangers defender Lewis Mayo was handed a chance to impress in last night’s Scotland under-21s win over the Czech Republic after Feyenoord’s George Johnston was unable to travel – and the Gers youngster shone alongside Reading’s Tom McIntyre at the heart of the Scots’ defence.

Fraser Hornby and skipper Ross McCrorie both got their names on the scoresheet in the 2-0 win to leave Scot Gemmill’s side within touching distance of qualification for next summer’s Euros.

Gemmill praised Mayo and McIntyre for their stellar performances for coming in to the side an impressive, insisting both deserve a “lot of credit.”

“George Johnston couldn’t come – he wasn’t allowed out of his country because a Feyenoord player tested positive, so he was in isolation,” Gemmill said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

“So that gave an opportunity to Tom and Lewis to come into play and they were excellent. To do it on that stage against that level of opposition then I think they deserve a lot of credit.

“The goals were excellent too and that was part of a really great performance.”

Mayo is currently on loan with Championship side Dunfermline Athletic and will be hoping he can get the chance to play regularly for the Pars.

The defender was pushed down the pecking order at Ibrox by the arrival of Leon Balogun, but a loan move is probably better for him this season than sitting on the bench at Ibrox.

His performance last night can hopefully be the start of a really strong season for Mayo and let him kick on and push for a first-team place for Rangers.