There were few raised eyebrows when the news broke that Peter Houston had departed his post as Falkirk boss after a 2-0 home defeat by Livingston left them second bottom in the table after picking up just three points from seven games.
It’s quite the fall for a club who have reached the play-offs in each of the last two seasons. And the form of central defender Luca Gasparotto is a particular concern with the 22-year-old a shadow of the player who impressed greatly last season.
Falkirk have let in 15 goals in the five games that Gasparotto has featured in this season and, after he gave away a penalty in a 4-1 home thrashing by Queen of the South, Houston quipped “I’d be booing too. 100 per cent,” as reported by the Falkirk Herald.
Midway through last season, in the latter days of Mark Warburton’s crumbling reign, there was a nagging feeling that Rangers maybe acted a little hastily letting the Canadian prospect leave Ibrox.
Gasparotto, who arrived in Glasgow from SC Toronto in 2013, made just four league appearances in three years for Rangers before being handed to Falkirk last summer.
Considering that Rangers fans were forced to put up with the error-prone Rob Kiernan for the first half of last season, you could see why some fans felt Gasparotto deserved more of an opportunity.
Yet, he is a long way from that form now and, if Falkirk are to turn around a season that promised much, he will have to find his feet and fast.