When Lee Wallace replaced the injured Borna Barisic during the first half at St Johnstone, it appeared that he was going to get another chance at Ibrox. 

Gerrard didn’t have to send the veteran on. Andy Halliday could have dropped to left-back, with Jordan Rossiter instead coming on in midfield.

Yet, Wallace got the call. It looked to finally be a show of faith in the former club captain.

The away end subsequently greeted his entry with raucous cheers.

The 31-year-old has 190 league appearances for the Gers. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

His performance wasn’t outstanding by any stretch of the imagination. He looked a little off the pace and was sluggish in possession at times.

Yet, who could blame him for that?

His only previous action over the course of the season was three minutes as a late sub away at Motherwell.

Surely, with Barisic subsequently ruled out until the New Year, there would be a place for Wallace against Hibs?

Barisic had only just recovered from a long-term calf problem, before injuring his hamstring at McDiarmid Park. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Alas, he was once again named on the bench. This time, Halliday did drop back to cover left-back.

Had Wallace been given 90 minutes against Hibs, he would have been up to speed for Saturday’s crucial Old Firm.

However, leaving him out has all but ensured that a makeshift left-back will be sent out against Celtic.

Halliday has deputised ably so far this season, but marking James Forrest is a different proposition to most other wingers in the SPL.

Halliday has done well when called upon, but is not a natural defender. (Photo by Johann Schwarz/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

A specialist should be doing that job. Yet, with Wallace, Rangers appear unable to move on from the past.

The guy was fined, he had an appeal against his punishment upheld. Months have since passed.

Give the man a chance.

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