By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jun, 2022 | 5:10pm

Lewis Mayo signs new deal at Rangers, joins Kilmarnock on loan

Lewis Mayo has penned a new deal at Rangers and will now have a contract at Ibrox until the summer of 2024.

The club also announced that he will be leaving to spend the 2022/23 season on loan at Kilmarnock to gain first-team minutes.

The 22-year-old defender has been rated highly by the academy staff but is yet to make his senior debut despite a number of loan spells.

Makes sense

Mayo has been at the club since he was aged 10 and has come up the ranks to be in the discussion of being promoted to the first team.

While he’s not quite ready, there’s a reason that the club offered him a new deal and loaned him out to another club.

They see the potential many in the academy setup do and are hoping that he’s ready to play senior football sooner rather than later.

Hopefully, he can prove at Kilmarnock that he’s ready to take the next step in his career and we’re sure that Giovanni van Bronckhorst and co. will be watching.

He impressed largely in his recent loan spell at Partick Thistle and became a key player for their first team.

The level of that is nowhere close to the SPFL but it’s a good indicator that he’s on the right track to go on to become a regular in the Scottish top flight.

In other Rangers news, contract talks with a key player have hit a new impasse with a summer exit now on the cards.