Millwall loanee Hayden Muller has the support of St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson after criticism in the wake of a 2-1 defeat to Rangers.

The Millwall talent gave away a penalty for a challenge on Ryan Kent as Saints lost 2-1. Pundit John Hartson said after the game: “You think to yourself ‘this is why you are at St Johnstone, by the way, no disrespect, because you do reckless and stupid things’.

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Hartson was scathing in his criticism of the young defender on-loan at St Johnstone from Millwall. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

Davidson does not agree with the assessment. While he’s aware the Millwall loanee made an error as Rangers got back into the game, he believes Muller had an otherwise excellent game against the Scottish Premiership champions: “It doesn’t really bother me what other people say.

“I’d be worried if Sir Alex Ferguson was phoning me giving advice on my centre halves. Everyone makes mistakes, every young player does it – whether it’s on the pitch or on the training ground.

“I know I did in my career, everyone does. Hayden has been fantastic for us, he made a mistake on Saturday and as a defender it usually costs you. Rangers had one shot in the first half from 25 yards, so when you are a young man playing centre half that’s all credit to you.”

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