Rangers defender Lewis Mayo has signed a new contract to keep him at Ibrox until the summer of 2024 before immediately heading out on loan to Kilmarnock.

Mayo, who spent last season with Partick Thistle, has been a regular in the Scotland under-21 side and impressed in the Jags’ run to the Championship promotion playoff last season.

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While Partick couldn’t make it out of the Championship, Killie did and the defender will play in the Premiership as Derek McInnes’ side looks to consolidate their place in the top-flight and avoid a relegation battle.

Mayo is excited ahead of a “big season” for both him and the Ayrshire side, as his loan move was confirmed.

“I’m delighted to join Kilmarnock. It’s a really exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to big season for both me and Killie,” Mayo said.

The Ibrox side confirmed Mayo’s new contract with a brief statement on Twitter, saying: “Rangers are today delighted to announce a contract extension for Scotland Mayo’s new deal runs to the summer of 2024, and he will immediately join Kilmarnock on loan until the end of this season.”

Mayo has huge opportunity to show he has long-term Rangers future

With the chance to play regular football in the Premiership this season, Mayo has a fantastic opportunity to prove he deserves a long-term future at Rangers.

The defender will hopefully be a consistent starter for Derek McInnes’ side and his experiences of being out on loan previously should help him.

After watching as the likes of Leon King showed their potential in a Rangers jersey, Mayo could be the next Rangers youngster to take the step up and become a first-team regular at Ibrox.

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