Former Rangers captain Lee Wallace returned to action for the Gers Reserves on Monday. The 31-year-old helped the team keep a clean sheet, on their way to a 5-0 victory. When fully fit, I believe Wallace is Rangers’ second best left-back.
The 31-year-old is partially to blame for his current situation. Turning on the coaching staff during a difficult period last year was an ill-advised move, and persistent injuries have prevented him pressing his case, since.
However, when he returns to full fitness, the fact remains that he is a proven performer. After all, he did help the club work its way up through the leagues and out of the darkest of times.
Wallace is second only to Borna Barisic
Borna Barisic showcased his quality, during a brief injury-free stint at the beginning of the season. He is solid defensively and offers great delivery from the left flank.
However, apart from the Croatian, I believe a fit Wallace constitutes Rangers’ best option in that position.
Jon Flanagan is a right-back who has been asked to fill in for Barisic. He has proven time and again that he is uncomfortable on the left side, to the extent that a midfielder has displaced him from the team.
Andy Halliday is at least left-footed and has deputised admirably so far. However, he is not a viable longer term option.
Lee Wallace is the only other natural left-back in the squad who can get forward and deliver consistently from wide channels. That being said, it would be foolish to let him go. If Gerrard can secure another option in January, then it becomes a different matter.
For now, he is the best back-up we’ve got and he shouldn’t be discarded.