St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has praised Manchester United loanee Reece Devine after the young defender’s first competitive match for the club.

The left-back was started by Davidson and won a penalty in St Johnstone’s opening day 0-0 stalemate with Ross County in the Scottish Premiership. Devine had never played a match at senior level prior to the draw in Dingwall, having joined Saints on a season-long loan from Manchester United earlier this summer.

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Devine shone for Saints. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Devine’s football so far has been made up of U18s and U23s action at Manchester United. He could be in line for a huge task on Thursday night as St Johnstone travel to Turkish giants Galatasaray in the Europa League third qualifying round.

Davidson said of Devine: “I thought he was excellent. All credit to Reece, that was his first senior game. He came up from Manchester United and was a little bit behind. But he has worked extremely hard to get better.

“You can see he’s got ability, he’s got pace. He will be a threat for us. He put in a very good performance.”

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