Alan Hutton has urged young defender Lewis Mayo to seal a loan move after he signed a new long-term contract at Rangers.
The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the promising centre-back needs to build on the experience he picked up during his temporary spell at Partick Thistle last season.
Rangers confirmed on Monday that the 20-year-old had put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Ibrox.
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The academy graduate and boyhood Gers fan is yet to play in a competitive game for the club but he did feature in the pre-season friendly against Olympique Lyonnais.
Having seen Mayo play three times for Championship side Partick Thistle before the 2019/20 season was cut short, Hutton believes another loan, potentially to a Premiership side, is in his best interests.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously Gerrard speaks very highly of him, that’s he’s definitely one for the future and that they expect him to be in and about the squad.
“I think now, he’s signed the contract, let him go out on loan. He had a successful loan at Partick Thistle last season and then now it’s about topping that up, maybe going to an even higher level, maybe another Premiership team and playing that 30-game season.
“Really kind of bedding yourself into the Scottish League and then after that, he’ll obviously be looking to challenge the first-team players because he’s got a good standard in front of him.
“Obviously Goldson’s the number one, you’ve got Balogun, Helander and Edmundson fighting it out for that other position so it’s going to be tough for him.
“When the manager has that high praise for you, he’s obviously got something, so it’s just about him concentrating on his football now and playing games.”
In other Rangers news, Hutton claims “Gerrard will be desperate” after a senior injury blow at Ibrox.