Rangers loanee Mayo named Man of the Match on Partick Thistle debut
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Rangers loanee Mayo named Man of the Match on Partick Thistle debut

Rangers loanee Lewis Mayo was named Man of the Match after an impressive debut for Partick Thistle against Queen of the South at Firhill on Tuesday night.

Mayo signed for the Jags on 31st January but after a minor injury and eligibility issues, this was the first game he was available for.

It was a big one, too. Bottom played host to second-bottom in the Scottish Championship, and Thistle manager, Ian McCall, adapted his system to help accommodate the Gers loanee in the XI.

The teenager slotted in alongside Tam O’Ware and Darren Brownlie to form a three at the centre of the defence and there was very little sign of nerves in what was his first appearance in senior competitive football.

Mayo played and scored for Rangers in a pre-season friendly against Oxford United, but hadn’t made a competitive senior appearance until his Thistle debut. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He kept up his end of the bargain by helping to keep a clean sheet but there was no joy for the home side at the top end of the pitch, as the game finished 0-0.

The result ensured Thistle stay bottom of the second tier and are still three points adrift of QoS, although the Jags do hold a game in hand.

“It’s very frustrating for us,” Mayo told Partick Thistle FC Twitter after the game. “I think if we don’t perform, we might feel sorry for ourselves but that game was ours to win.”

“We felt we had all the momentum in the second half and it’s our own fault we didn’t get three points there, so it’s very frustrating.

“But the positives are that it’s a clean sheet and I thought we were very strong in the second half.”

A very encouraging start for the 19-year-old defender then, who is finally getting a chance to show what he can do, a month after joining his adopted side.

Next up is a trip to runaway league leaders Dundee United, when Mayo will test himself against Championship top goalscorer and Scotland international, Lawrence Shankland.