By Joe Ellis

11th May, 2022 | 12:40pm

Rangers defender Lewis Mayo might never play for club despite being in Championship team of the year

Rangers have a wealth of central defenders at their disposal and Lewis Mayo is the latest to be making the headlines after a great season on loan.

The 22-year-old spent the 2021-22 season with Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle and played 33 of the Jags’ 36 league games on their way to a fourth-place finish.

As a result, Mayo was named in the PFA Scotland Championship team of the season thanks to his stellar 12 months at Firhill and he might have made Giovanni van Bronckhorst take notice.

But despite impressing in the second tier, Mayo faces something of a roadblock ahead of him at Ibrox and he may well leave the club permanently if he isn’t going to get more game time next season.

Connor Goldson’s place at the heart of the defence is almost indisputable at the moment and if he remains at the club next season, he will be one of the first names on the teamsheet and that leaves just one more place in that area.

Right now, Calvin Bassey is van Bronckhorst’s favoured partner for the Englishman and his sheer size and physical presence make him a very tough opponent to beat.

Other senior options include Bassey’s Nigerian teammate Leon Balogun and Swedish international Filip Helander who have both shown their class in dribs and drabs during their time in Glasgow.

Maybe most worryingly for Mayo though is the progression of 18-year-old Leon King who has made his debut for the Gers this season and performed admirably whenever he’s been called upon.

The young Scot has now usurped Mayo in the pecking order at Ibrox making the 22-year-old sixth choice at best at this current time and with no sign of a mass exodus at centre-half, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Mayo push for a move away from Ibrox in the summer.

In other Rangers news, Ryan Kent has shared what it feels like to score in the Old Firm derby despite not doing so in two seasons.