Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall is delighted to get a loan deal done to bring Rangers defender Lewis Mayo back to Firhill – and the Jags boss was full of praise for the Scotland under-21 international.

Rangers Academy graduate Mayo had a brief stint with McCall’s side before the Covid-19 pandemic ended the 2019/20 season early then missed out on the chance to sign him last season following Thistle’s relegation to League One.

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Having won promotion back to the Championship, Mayo is back at Firhill until the end of the season and McCall was delighted to welcome him back, alongside fellow new signing Cammy Smith, saying: “The big thing about Lewis is, the thing I had to change was the type of people in the building and Lewis is a top, top boy and so is Cammy Smith.

“Just great pros, good types and hopefully they’ll do really well.

“Lewis did ever so well for the three games he was here and we wanted to take him back but, obviously there was the stuff that happened.

Lewis covers a lot of positions but one of the big things is, I think he had a good loan spell at Dunfermline, it’s a blessing and a curse for young players to be able to play…he can play centre-back, right-back and centre-midfield.

“My big thing for him was I primarily see him as a centre-back. I think he agrees with that and that’s where he’ll play. I won’t rule him out of playing other places but he’ll be nailed down to play centre-back.”

Mayo’s move to Partick will give him another chance to shine in the Championship as he looks to force his way into the first-team picture at Ibrox.

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With the likes of Niko Katic and Jack Simpson blocking his way into the squad, leat alone the actual team, a loan move makes a lot of sense.

After doing well at Dunfermline last season, Mayo needs to step it up another gear and prove he can be a standout player in the Championship and, potentially, even win a move to a Premiership side come January.

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