St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has labeled the likes of Manchester United loanee Reece Devine as ‘excellent,’ after a weekend performance against Rangers.

Saints fielded an inexperienced backline against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers and lost 2-1 in Scottish Premiership action, having been 1-0 up at McDiarmid Park. Devine continued his good form since arriving on-loan from Manchester United while Hayden Muller and James Brown also impressed in defence.

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Manchester United loanee Devine impressed for Davidson against Gerrard’s Premiership champions in Perth. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Davidson said of the match and young defenders: “With all the changes we had to make due to injuries and the very young back five we had out, I thought we performed really well for 85 minutes. We just had five minutes of madness after we scored where we made too many mistakes and allowed Rangers to pressure us which was disappointing.

“We’ve lacked a bit sharpness in our league games but that was back to the old St Johnstone, so I’m really pleased about that. I know we got beat but it was good to get back to a performance like that. We just need that bit of experience to help us see games out. James Brown, Reece Devine and Hayden Muller were all excellent.

“It’s a good learning experience for the young guys. But I am a bit gutted for the guys.”

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