Manager praises 'outstanding' Gers loanee even though he can't pick him for crucial fixture
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Rangers loanee Mayo labelled 'outstanding' by Dunfermline boss after weekend display

Dunfermline Athletic manager, Stevie Crawford, has praised Rangers loanee, Lewis Mayo, for earning a Scotland U21s call-up, even though it means he’s unavailable for a crucial League Cup fixture this weekend [Not The Old Firm].

Mayo joined the Pars on a season-long deal in September, as he looks to further his development with regular game time at senior level.

The 20-year-old defender didn’t walk straight into the starting XI, but he was given 39 minutes off the bench in Dunfermline’s second Championship fixture at Alloa last month, before playing the full 90 minutes of a 0-0 draw with Ayr United last weekend.

The clean sheet was the club’s first in the league this season, so it would be reasonable to assume that the manager would have stuck with the youngster in his side’s next game.

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However, due to Scotland U21s duty, Mayo is unavailable for Saturday’s crucial League Cup clash against Clyde, in which progression to the last 16 is at stake.

Goalkeeper, Owain Fon Williams, is another absentee after being called up to the Wales squad, but Crawford is happy his player’s performances are being recognised.

“It is problems that you want with someone pulled into the national squad again,” he said when asked about Mayo and Williams, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.

“Lewis Mayo is great. He got in [to Scotland U21s] last month and played the last two games. Ryan Porteous had stepped up to the full squad and George Johnston was injured. But he was magnificent in the two games.

“He’ll go away with a spring in his step because I thought he was outstanding at the weekend.”

Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo in action for Dunfermline against Ayr United. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mayo watched on from the bench on Thursday as Scotland came from 2-0 down to draw with Croatia at Tynecastle, thanks to goals from Glenn Middleton and Connor McLennan.

The players now stand on the brink of history, as a win in Greece on Tuesday would earn them a spot at the European Championships in the summer.

These are exciting times for the Rangers youngster, who is involved in a thriving international squad whilst also making his mark at club level.


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