Jon Flanagan was one of a host of summer signings that had Rangers fans optimistic ahead of the new season.
While he has had personal issues and a spate of serious injuries in the past, he impressed greatly when he first broke into the Liverpool team as a teenager.
He arrived at Rangers fit and ready to go, and at just 25-years-old, time was on his side to build a long career at Ibrox.
Yet, it just hasn’t worked out.
The captain and first name on the team-sheet, James Tavernier, occupies Flanagan’s preferred position at right-back.
This ensured that his only avenue into the starting team was at left-back, a position as yet unclaimed in the continued absence of Lee Wallace.
However, his efforts in that position have continually fallen short of the required standard. Clearly a very right-footed player, he looks uncomfortable in possession on the left flank.
Additionally, he looks leggy and is often caught out of position by slippery opposition wingers.
Despite the prolonged injury to his direct competition Borna Barisic, he has still found himself regularly warming the bench. Club stalwart, Andy Halliday, being preferred as a makeshift full-back in recent weeks.
Same issues apparent against Villarreal
Gerrard placed faith in his fellow scouser yet again on last night, but the same issues were apparent. Most notably, he almost gifted away a goal with a wayward pass to Joe Worrell that found itself to Ekambi.
Thankfully, Allan McGregor came to the rescue with an excellent stop, but the defender wasted possession consistently throughout the game.
It is never nice to see a player short on confidence, but it is all too apparent in Flanagan’s case. With Barisic’s return imminent, he is unlikely to start again for some time.