'He is expecting to leave' - Rangers legend gives verdict on Ibrox future of senior player
Rangers legend Lee McCulloch thinks Gers skipper Lee Wallace has played his last game for the Ibrox giants – and admits it was “a little bit strange” that Wallace appealed his fine for a bust-up with then-manager Graeme Murty.
Wallace and Kenny Miller were both suspended by the Light Blues before being fined following a row after the Scottish Cup semi-final thrashing by Celtic in April.
The 30-year-old has one year left on his Gers deal but McCulloch thinks the decision to appeal the fine is a sign that the defender is “expecting” to leave the Light Blues this summer.
“Lee Wallace still has a year to run on his Rangers contract but I don’t think we will be seeing him play for the club again after he appealed his fine,” McCulloch said as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I don’t know the full situation about what happened at Hampden and what has happened since but I thought it was a little bit strange that he appealed it.
“He obviously wants to prove his innocence, if you like, but the fact that he has appealed it would indicate that he is expecting to leave Rangers this summer.
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“He feels it is the right thing to do and I know Kenny Miller has appealed his punishment as well. They had to stick together for their case because if one of them had done it and the other doesn’t then it doesn’t look too good.”
Football Insider verdict:
It would be a surprise to see Wallace play for the Gers again – although the decision to appeal his fine likely won’t play into that. With the 30-year-old as club captain, he is supposed to lead by example and it would certainly seem that he fell well short of what is expected. That in itself would be enough to see him moved on this summer and, with Steven Gerrard taking the reins this summer, it allows the new Gers boss to make his own decision over the captaincy. It’s unlikely we’ll hear the real story of what happened at Hampden but Wallace and Miller must be seriously considering their actions given how it has brought about the end of their careers with the Ibrox giants. Whether the Gers can get a transfer fee for the defender or not remains to be seen but it’s doubtful the Light Blues will play hardball over Wallace’s future.
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