Former Rangers wonderkid Lewis Macleod hopes to rebuild his career with Plymouth after a nightmare spell in the English Championship.

The midfielder was frozen out of the Wigan first-team last season as the club fell into administration and suffered relegation.

The move to The Latics brought to an end a four-year injury-plagued spell at Brentford in the English second tier for the 26-year-old.

Macleod became an instant hit with the Ibrox faithful back in 2012 as he burst onto the scene as the club climbed through the lower leagues - even earning a call-up to Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad.

Now, after a move to League One Plymouth, Macleod is hoping to kick-start his career and recapture his best form.

Lewis Macleod didn't enjoy his time at Wigan Athletic

The Newmains native reckons a crucial factor in his impressive displays for The Pilgrims so far has been the faith shown in him by boss Ryan Lowe.

He told Lanarkshire Live Sport : "For me, it's just good to be back playing again.

"The manager has really given me my chance at the start of the season and hopefully that can continue.

"It's always been my aim to get back playing games and hopefully I can keep doing that.

"It's been massive that he has had a bit of faith in me, that's what you want as a player.

"You want them to stick by you and play you. I want to repay that trust that he has given me.

Lewis Macleod in action for Rangers as the climbed through the lower leagues
Lewis Macleod in action for Rangers as the climbed through the lower leagues

"It's a great atmosphere to be a part of. I could tell when I came in that they really had belief, and the manager certainly has the belief, to go and do something this season.

"I'm at the point where I just want to play games and Plymouth have given me that opportunity.

"The squad is good and the coaching staff is brilliant, so for me it's been a perfect fit so far."

The Scot reckons that they can push for the promotion spots after good wins over play-off hopefuls Blackpool.

"We've got off to a pretty good start. We got a good win in the cup and started the league well, but we had a wee dip in the second round of the cup.

"We've started with a win and a draw which I think most people would have taken.

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"The belief is there in the squad that we can go and have a good season.

"They just got promoted last season so they are confident about the season ahead.

"There is a few good teams in the league this season, and there is no doubt that it is going to be tight but we want to finish as high as possible.

"The aim of everyone is to push for promotion, and it certainly won't be for a lack of effort if we don't make that."

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