D-Day: Murty must omit Rangers big name v Hearts
Rangers captain Lee Wallace could finally be set to make his return to the first-team in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hearts, but Graeme Murty should omit the big name against the Jambos this weekend and keep Declan John in the starting XI.
Wallace has been out of action since September with John filling in superbly at left-back and – while the 30-year-old will almost certainly come back into the starting XI sooner rather than later – John has done well since coming into the side and is match-fit.
After missing months of action without playing any competitive football, throwing Wallace straight back into the side in such a crucial fixture is a big gamble for Murty to take with the Gers potentially ending the weekend just six points behind leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
John’s performances since coming into the team in September haven’t merited the Welshman being dropped either and after just signing a new long-term deal with the club to make his loan into a permanent switch, axing him at the first opportunity would be unfair.
Murty is going to face similar dilemmas in various areas of the pitch over the coming weeks as other senior stars like Bruno Alves and Graham Dorrans join Wallace in coming back into contention for a starting place and the Gers boss needs to make sure he’s picking the strongest side for each game and not rushing players back into the side because of their standing in the squad.
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