By Coral Barry
Mark Warburton believes Lee Wallace will be restored to the Scotland national team now that Rangers have returned to the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers secured their return to the top flight of Scottish football after a four-year absence this season and Wallace picked up the PFA Scotland’s Championship player of the Year thanks to an excellent season as the Gers captain.
Wallace, 28, has six international caps to his name, making his debut in 2009, but has not featured for Scotland since November 2013 and Warburton believes the left-back has been hindered by committing himself to helping Rangers return to the first division.
“I can’t speak highly enough about Lee Wallace,” said Warburton, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “I am delighted for him getting his award. Last week he got the Rangers Player of the Year award from the supporters and to get this recognition from his fellow professionals is also first class.
“Has playing in the second tier gone against him with Scotland? Possibly. You can look at it if there’’ a player in the Premiership and one in the Championship, so who gets the nod?
“I understand that, but Lee has got better and better throughout the season and he will be back after the summer in good shape as he is a good professional.”
Wallace has scored a remarkable seven goals and provided ten assists from his left-back position in 36 league appearances this season.
The Rangers skipper has also helped his back line to 15 clean sheets this campaign and Warburton has explained why he decided to hand Wallace the armband at the beginning of the season.
The 53-year-old said: “I didn’t give Lee the Rangers captaincy lightly. We waited four or five weeks first to see if he was the right person.
“Would it impact on his job? There is a lot of responsibility but Lee Wallace has embraced it and he has been a first class captain for Rangers. I am delighted he is getting the rewards.”
In other Rangers news, the Gers are on the verge of signing a Liverpool midfielder.