John delivers honest verdict on Murty selection headache at Rangers
Rangers star Declan John has said that he is happy to see fellow left back and club captain Lee Wallace returning to action but says he will fight to keep his place in the first team.
The Welsh international, who has two caps under his belt, arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2017 on an initial six month loan from Cardiff City, but after an impressive first half of the season was captured on a permanent deal during the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old has been a regular for Graeme Murty in the starting XI, with all but one of his 24 appearances coming from kick off, but his place will now be under threat following the return of Wallace to the senior set up.
Official captain of Rangers, the 10-cap Scotland star has been missing for most of the season after undergoing surgery on a groin injury, which left him limited to making just seven outings during the start of the campaign, but he is now back to battling for a first team role.
While stating he was happy to see his defensive counterpart return to action, which hands manager Graeme Murty a headache over selection, John has honestly admitted there will be a fight for playing time, a battle he does not intend to lose.
He told the Evening Times: “Some of the things I bring to the team have helped us at certain times and I’m just hoping to stay in the team now, all the way through.
“It’s a big boost he’s (Wallace) back and I’m really happy for him to be back training. We’ll have to see where it goes.”
While Rangers’ clash against Hearts on Saturday might come too soon for Wallace, he could be eyeing up the mid-week clash against St Johnstone as a potential return, or next weekend’s Scottish quarter final against Falkirk.
In other Rangers news, the club have secured an out-of-window deal for a goalkeeper.