Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo has insisted being used in a variety of positions for Dunfermline Athletic will help his overall development before returning to Ibrox this summer – and thinks the Gers will be happy he is playing, even if it isn’t in his regular position.
Despite being a centre-back by trade, Mayo has also played in midfield and at right-back for Stevie Crawford’s side this season, catching the eye for the Pars with Rangers staff watching on.
Mayo regularly gets feedback from the likes of Loan Manager Billy Kirkwood and Academy head Craig Mulholland, as well as the coaching staff at East End Park, something the Scotland under-21 star admits is “invaluable” as he looks to push for a first-team place at Ibrox.
“I’ve featured at right-back as well this season, which I found new,” Mayo said.
“Playing in the middle of the park, I have done before although it’s probably not my most natural role I have done it before.
The Inverness games where I was playing in front of the back four, I’ve experienced that before but the Hearts game and the Raith Rovers game, playing at times with two in midfield rather than the three, that was new.
“That role involves getting forward and supporting the strikers a bit more and was definitely new but it’s something that benefits me and that I can learn from.
“It’s something that I’ve got a lot of experienced people around me to help as well.
“It’s a bit more attacking and you get to express yourself a little bit more and be a bit more creative and try to break down the opposition back four and supporting the attacking players a bit more.
“Of course (playing in central defence) might have been the plan sending me out, but I think that both myself and (Rangers), both can be pleased with the chances I’m getting.
“It will certainly help me as a footballer and help my education so both can be very happy from that point of view.
“Billy Kirkwood and Craig Mulholland have been up to games and the club have been very good that way having someone at a lot of th games. hat’s good for us as we’ll get feedback and get their opinion on how they think we’re doing – and I’ll get feedback from the Dunfermline staff as well, which is invaluable.
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