Former Nottingham Forest player Alex Iacovitti endured an afternoon to forget yesterday as Ross County lost to Rangers.

The ex-defender played the full 90 minutes as Steven Gerrard’s team won 4-2 at Ibrox. Sadly for Iacovitti, he ended up on the scoresheet for the Gers after putting through his own goal.

The former Scotland under-21 international is slowly making a name for himself north of the border.

He moved to County from Oldham in the summer of 2020 and has been a regular in the team ever since.

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Iacovitti has made 55 appearances, scoring seven goals and has made a place at centre-back his own.

The young defender came through the academy ranks at Forest before being released in the summer of 2019.

He made just two appearances for the club and spent time on loan with Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and Oldham.

 

Iacovitti actually started the first two games of the 2016/17 campaign under Philippe Montainer.

He played at left-back in both games but it’s fair to say he didn’t really look ready for the Championship.

Shortly after he headed to One Call Stadium on loan and that would be it as far as his Forest career was concerned.

It was anticipated that his versatility might help him win plenty of game time, although that never proved to be the case.

Did Forest let Iacovitti leave prematurely?

Not really. He was never going to be good enough to play at centre-back in the Championship at that stage of his career and Forest had other options at left-back.

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Still, it’s good to see him now making a career for himself elsewhere. Scottish football has been vastly improved in recent years and he’s now a regular in Malky Mackay’s team.

Iacovitti is only 24 and has lots of time left to develop. The former Forest man won’t want to dwell on yesterday too long, however, and he’ll be keen to banish his own goal against Rangers from his memory.

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