Clydebank assistant boss Sean Higgins slammed his side’s ‘schoolboy’ defending as they lost 3-1 at home to recently promoted side Rossvale on Saturday.

Clydebank now sit third bottom of the West Premiership having gained one point from a possible nine following a nightmare start which has also included an opening day defeat to Kilwinning and a goalless draw at Beith.

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Higgins said: “I don’t even know where to start. We got off to a really good start getting the goal, but that almost set us back because we just seemed to stop doing the basics right. It could’ve been about five each at half-time, which is obviously worrying. I said to the boys that I don’t mind them missing chances because I know once the strikers get their goals it’ll come.

“What’s worrying me is just how many opportunities we’re gifting the other teams. Marc Waters has made a couple of great saves which they’ve followed in - we haven’t - and they’ve missed easy rebounds. It’s just really alarming. I said to them at half-time that they have 10 minutes to change it.

“We had a half chance before they scored the second one, which comes from our throw in down the bottom corner. One ball up the park and we’re done - that’s just schoolboy in my opinion.

“I said to them that not one of them can go and chap the gaffer’s door if he doesn’t put them in the team next week, because they’ve had another opportunity to stake their claim and they haven’t taken it.”

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The loss means Bankies have won just five league games since the turn of the year, and Higgins added: “It’s been a disappointing start to the league if we’re honest, there were warning signs in pre-season and the cup, but we’ve not learned from it.

“The gaffer and I have been trying to identify and change a few things.

“We’ve got a good group of boys, but we need to start doing the absolute basics better to give ourselves any chance of competing at the right end of the table.”