Lee Wallace’s departure from Rangers would leave many thinking about who should replace him. But would there truly be any need?
In recent days the likes of Wigan Athletic have been rumored to be interested in the out-of-favour left-back. Whether anything comes of that in January or at the end of the season remains to be seen.
With Wallace such a peripheral figure these days at Ibrox, however, surely interest will increase. He has an impressive CV that includes being a long-term Rangers captain and helping the Gers through the divisions.
At just 31-years-old, there’s plenty of clubs that should be willing to take Wallace from Rangers at some stage. So who should replace him when he does go?
Nowhere near first-choice
Wallace is nowhere near the first-choice left-back at Ibrox these days. Rangers have the likes of Borna Barisic and Jon Flanagan ahead of the former Hearts full-back. Andy Halliday is also capable of deputizing in Wallace’s position. Both of those left-backs have impressed massively, and Steven Gerrard has a huge dilemma between the pair.
Therefore, if Rangers were to go out and look for a replacement, what quality left-back is going to come in and be fourth or even third choice? There’s no point bloating the squad just for the sake of it, and Rangers certainly don’t need strengthening there.
Right-back is perhaps a different case with only James Tavernier and Flanagan available to operate there. Moving Flanagan to the left permanently and bringing in someone to cover the captain in January wouldn’t be a bad idea. It’s certainly more of an essential move than bringing in another left-sided player.
But, if Rangers have the ability to get a player off the wage bill who isn’t featuring, then it should be a goer. Wallace hasn’t contributed anything since his spat with the club last season. Any cameo appearances haven’t been anything to shout about, and certainly weren’t long enough to overtake the quality pair ahead of him.
Replacements simply won’t come to Ibrox to watch Barisic and Flanagan play over them either. Getting Wallace out of the club would be a good move, but there’s no need to talk about replacements anytime soon.