Lewis Mayo might be playing out of position for Dunfermline Athletic but the Rangers loanee believes this will only help his development as a player.

The 20-year-old is naturally a centre-back but has played in a number of different roles this season including midfield and right-back in what is his second spell away from Ibrox, after a temporary move to Partick Thistle last term.

Mayo has made 11 appearances in the Championship this season including nine starts since joining from Rangers in September.

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As quoted on the Dunfermline website, Mayo said: “The [midfield] role involves getting forward the pitch a bit more and looking to support the strikers. That’s certainly new, but it’s something that’s good for me to learn from and I’ve got a lot of people around me, a lot of experience, to help me do that as well.

“Of course, that might have been the plan [playing at centre-back] sending me out, but I think for myself and the club both can be pleased with the challenge I’m getting right now and it certainly will help me overall as a footballer.

“It will help my education; there’s a lot I can take from that. I think both can be happy from that point of view.”

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Poised for play-off battle

Mayo’s loan spell at Dunfermline can certainly be regarded as a success so far with the Fife side third in the Championship and level on points with second-placed Raith Rovers.

Catching runaway leader Hearts might prove a step too far but they will be eyeing up a Premiership play-off spot.

Teams that finish third and fourth in the Championship play each other with the winner progressing to face off against runners-up, and the victors of this playing the 11th placed Premiership team.

Gers fans might be hoping Dunfermline can progress to this stage in order to evaluate Mayo in a big game that could offer some clues as to whether he is able to make the step-up in divisions.

It is unlikely Mayo will break into the Gers first-team squad next season but if he keeps up his form other Premiership clubs are likely to take notice and offer him another temporary home for the season where he will look to prove his worth.

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