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31st Dec, 2016 | 7:15am

Chris Sutton names Rangers 29-year-old in his team of the year, dominated by Celtic players

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has named Rangers defender Lee Wallace in his team of the year which was dominated by nine Celtic players.

Former Bhoys striker Sutton described the 29-year-old left-back as “outstanding” as Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis was the non Celtic member of his 2016 Scottish XI.

Brendan Rodgers side holds a dominant lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership as they lead second-placed Rangers by 16 points going into Saturday’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

Attacking duo Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele, who arrived from Aston Villa and on a free transfer in the summer respectively, were named in the XI.

After being criticised for selecting so many Celtic players, Sutton defended his decision as posted by BT Sport’s official Twitter account.

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“How can you argue with Celtic, the dominant team, 50 odd goals this season, 16 points clear,” Sutton told BT Sport.

Gers captain Wallace has played 24 Scottish Premiership and League Cup games for Mark Warburton’s side this season after helping them win promotion during the previous campaign.

He has provided six assists during those matches and scored one goal during the 3-0 win against Kilmarnock at Ibrox in October.

Now, the Scotland international will prepare for a tough test against Old Firm rivals Celtic at the weekend on home soil.

The away side will have attacking duo Sinclair and Dembele amongst their ranks as they will be looking to help their side to three points, having scored 18 goals between them in the Premiership this term.

By contrast, Gers strike duo Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn have netted on six occasions between them as they will be looking to claim an unlikely victory against Rodgers side.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has severely mocked the Gers ahead of the Old Firm clash.