Post World Cup break Adam Devine found himself thrust into the left back slot due to Barisic being on international duty and Yilmaz being injured. Although a natural right back he didn’t look out of place playing on the left and put in some impressive performances. He has five SPFL appearances this season with three being from the start and averaging 58mins per appearance. He hasn’t seen any SPFL action since the middle of January but has remained a regular in the B team and recently played for Scotland U21s.
A player who didn’t look out of place in his appearances, he looks like he has the potential to be a future first team player at Rangers. With only James Tavernier in front of him for the RB position it wouldn’t be surprising if he was given more game time towards the end of the season, to see if he is a genuine contender to replace the Rangers captain eventually.
He’s a very steady, if unexciting, full back, more similar in playstyle to Barisic than Yilmaz. Capable of beating the defender on the wing despite not being blessed with explosive pace but it’s difficult to judge his crossing ability due to the fact his appearances have came at LB when he’s naturally right footed. Considering this though he still managed to put some good crosses into the box in those games and didn’t always have to cut in on his favoured foot to get them in.
Let’s look at the numbers he put up this season;
- 1.2 Key Passes Per Game
- 79% Pass Accuracy
- 74% Pass Accuracy in Opposition Half
- 0.8 Tackles Per Game
- 55% Total Duels Won
- 67% Ground Duels Won
Solid numbers for the young full back, especially defensively. That is something that also stood out in his appearances, positionally he was very impressive and didn’t often get caught out. That could also be due to nerves and not wanting to make a mistake so at times he would sit back instead of bursting forward beyond the winger.
Adam Devine has shown promise in his Rangers appearances so far but is the fact he’s been out of the first team picture (in the SPFL anyway) for three months an indicator he’s either not ready or that Beale doesn’t fancy him going forward?
What are your thoughts on him? Do you think he’s good enough to get more first team minutes and potentially replace Tavernier?