Rangers suffered a shock 3-2 defeat to St Mirren on Wednesday in the Betfred League Cup, their first loss of the season.
Despite going ahead early on through Connor Goldson, a Jamie McGrath double either side of half-time put Jim Goodwin’s 2-1 ahead. Steven Davis looked have snatched a draw for the Gers in the 88th minute but Conor McCarthy sealed an unlikely win in stoppage time.
Rangers left-back Calvin Bassey endured a difficult evening in particular and was criticised by fans off the back of his performance.
After giving away the penalty for McGrath’s first, he was then beaten too easily on the left flank in the build-up for his second. His boss Steven Gerrard recognised he was struggling and withdrew him on 57 minutes for regular Borna Barisic, a setback for the 20-year-old who had been impressing so far this season.
As is often the case with young players stepping up to the first team, inconsistency is to be expected and Gerrard must be considerate of this. Bassey had not made a senior league appearance before arriving at Ibrox over the summer and is still just 13 games into his Rangers career (via Transfermarkt).
Having already been selected to play at centre-back and left-back, he has shown his versatility and defensive abilities, averaging 2.8 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per 90 minutes in the Scottish Premiership so far (via WhoScored).
For sure, he still has plenty to learn and this match will serve as something of a reality check for Gerrard and Gers supporters with regards to what they can expect from the youngster this season.
The loss to St Mirren is certainly a blow for the club and Gerrard, while it puts to end a remarkable end to start the season. However, the Scottish Premiership and Europa League remain the priority and this should just represent a timely reminder about the dangers of complacency.
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