Rangers loanee James Maxwell scored the winner as Ayr United shocked Championship leaders Arbroath on Saturday.

Maxwell has been at Ayr since July, on what is his second loan spell away from Ibrox after spending last season at Queen of the South.

Rangers loanee winner James Maxwell
(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images for DFB)

He established himself at left-back for QoS but has been used higher up the pitch at Somerset Park and his performances have been attracting attention, with the 20-year-old linked with a permanent move away from Ibrox in recent weeks.

The Scotland youth international’s loan club Ayr and Dunfermline Athletic have both confirmed their interest, while Partick Thistle and Leeds United [Mail on Sunday 2 January, page 141] have also been linked.

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Rather than be distracted by the speculation, it appears to have spurred him on and he earned new Honest Men boss Lee Bullen a shock victory in his first game in charge on Saturday afternoon.

Arbroath came into the Somerset Park clash on a 12-match unbeaten run, but Maxwell scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute.

He linked up with veteran striker Michael Moffat and finished with a little help from Red Lichties defender Ricky Little to move to three goals for the season.

Ayr are now seventh in the Championship table and four points clear of the relegation playoff spot.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not something happens with Maxwell over the coming weeks.

His loan deal is due to run until the end of the season, but his Rangers contract also expires then, so the Gers won’t be able to receive a fee for him in the summer unless he signs a contract extension.

Meanwhile, another Rangers loanee was absent from his adopted club’s matchday squad on Saturday amid Ibrox return talk.

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