Is Lee Wallace set for a stunning Rangers comeback after St Johnstone cameo?
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Is Lee Wallace set for a stunning Rangers comeback after St Johnstone cameo?

Lee Wallace’s return to first-team action against St Johnstone today took everyone by surprise – so is this the start of a renaissance?

The Scotland international and former Rangers captain made his first squad appearance since appearing against Ufa on the bench in both legs. It was the first substantial piece of game-time he’s had in the league this season. His only other outing was a late cameo against Motherwell.

An unfortunate injury to Borna Barisic gave Wallace his big break. It’s debatable as to whether he took it or not, but he most certainly didn’t put a foot wrong.

He doesn’t have the same dynamism or drive as Barisic, but he was still a focal point of attack. On plenty of occasions he received the ball in his traditional left-back position and looked to go forward.

Lee Wallace was a long-term Rangers captain (Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

For Rangers fans, this must’ve at the very least been a little bit of a touching moment. Wallace has given so much to the Ibrox club, and seems to have been dismissed far too easily without much care for his previous sacrifices for Rangers.

It’s important to remember that this is a defender who could’ve very easily left Rangers back in 2012. Instead, he stuck at it and chose to lead the club through the divisions. Granted, Rangers took the scenic route, but Wallace still helped lead them there.

Can Wallace be strength in depth?

It appears as though Steven Gerrard has finally come to terms with the fact that Jon Flanagan isn’t a left-back. That’s if you’re being kind to the ex-Liverpool defender. Added to that, Andy Halliday is getting more opportunities to play in his holding role. It’s the position he prefers and the position he excels mostly in.

Therefore, if Barisic is injured for the long-term (yet again), this surely opens the door once again for Wallace. Gerrard may have signalled the near-end of his Rangers career earlier this season, but football changes very quickly.

Lee Wallace has been harshly treated since this day against Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There wasn’t a hint of incompetance about Wallace’s display in Perth today. He only needs to look at Halliday when it comes to Rangers careers that looked dead only to be revived out of nowhere.

Of course, left-back Andrew Gutman had been training with Rangers, but is on his way home. Whether the club follow up their interest there remains to be seen.

Rangers have depth, but not necessarily strength at left-back. Could Wallace really work his way back into Gerrard’s plans this season? A quick glance at the full-squad, and it doesn’t seem impossible.