Rangers fans take matters into their own hands with Tynecastle tribute


Rangers fans take matters into their own hands with Tynecastle tribute

Rangers fans have paid a special Tynecastle tribute to former captain Lee Wallace following his retirement from football this week.

A special banner was unfurled against Hearts in Edinburgh – the club where Wallace started his career – in a touching tribute to a player who stood by the Gers in their darkest hour.

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Wallace opted to stay with Rangers following the club’s financial collapse in 2012 and helped guide the Gers back to the Scottish Premiership before leaving the club under a cloud of controversy.

Following a 4-0 Scottish Cup drubbing at the hands of Celtic, Lee Wallace was involved in an infamous bust-up with caretaker boss Graeme Murty alongside Kenny Miller.

The moment overshadowed the final year of Wallace’s tenure at Rangers and following three years with QPR the left-back hung up his boots as a player.

Rangers have been criticised for not paying an official tribute to the player but where the club have come up short, the fans have taken matter into their own hands.

Unveiling an emotional banner for the former Rangers skipper, the Ibrox side’s fans paid tribute to Lee Wallace for choosing the badge over a potentially lucrative contract south of the border.

The banner simply read: “Lee Wallace, for the badge, not the money.”

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton – who also had Wallace at QPR – claims that the defender could’ve left for the Premier League during his time with the Gers.

“When he came to QPR he was getting older and I often spoke to people down here about Lee, saying we couldn’t have afforded to get him if we went back five or six years because he was so good,” Warburton told the Rangers Review.

“He would have been the best left-sided defender in the Championship, without a doubt. He’d have gone to the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Rangers have been handed a substantial “seven figure” boost by a recent court case.