Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has expressed his empathy with Lee Wallace, who looks set to leave Ibrox at the end of the season, as per the Daily Record.
Wallace has found himself out of the picture since last season – with not even the arrival of Steven Gerrard serving to change that – and Ferguson has offered his thoughts on how Rangers have handled the situation, and whether they should give him a ceremonial appearance at the end of the season.
Ferguson said: “I’m fairly sure Lee would rather [sit out the season] than be given a token 90 minutes and a lap of honour. As far as I’m concerned, he’s already kicked his last ball in a Rangers shirt.
“He is such a talented player. When Gerrard arrived that summer I fully expected Lee to fight his way back into the team but the manager appears to think differently.”
Wallace’s Rangers career has never recovered from the comments he and Kenny Miller made after last season’s Hampden Park defeat against Celtic, and as Ferguson says, that’s a shame for both the player and the club.
Steven Gerrard is unlikely to have let that influence his thinking, and he brought two of his own left-backs to the club so perhaps he just doesn’t rate Wallace as highly as Ferguson does.
But Wallace needs to move on, get back to playing regularly again and Gerrard will be happy to have an unsettled player out the door.