Lee Wallace: This is what Rangers have to play for in Old Firm clash with Celtic
By Danny Wright
Lee Wallace is unhappy with the way Rangers’ season has gone after their return to the Scottish top flight, but says they can go some way towards redeeming it with a win against rivals Celtic.
The 29-year-old has admitted that the current gap between Gers and Celtic is way too big and that he has been embarrassed with his side at times.
Celtic are 33 points ahead of the Light Blues who sit third in the Scottish Premiership on 46 points.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have only dropped points on one occasion this season and have remained unbeaten in domestic competition since the former Liverpool boss replaced Ronny Deila as manager.
Rangers will make the short trip to Celtic Park for an Old Firm clash with their rivals on Sunday in a bid to restore some lost pride from when they were handed a 5-1 thrashing there earlier in the season.
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“If you’re moping about the place it’s not going to help you in the next game,” said Wallace, as quoted by the Daily Record. “That’s something I’ve learned – handling defeat and not getting too low – because you have to make sure you’re at your very best physically and mentally for the next one.
“We had to do that after that embarrassing result at Parkhead. And if we lose this one it won’t get to me any more than how I feel about the gap that already exists.
“Whether it’s 33, 36 or 39 points, it has been unacceptable from us. We’ve been really disappointing and that feeling has been there for months.
“We still have a few incentives going to Celtic Park. We understand every record they’ve already broken as well as ones they can go on to break if they win this fixture.
“There’s also the Treble that’s still out there as well. We’re aware of all that so it would be nice to put a stop to these things by going there and winning.”
The Gers captain has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring twice and assisting eight goals for his teammates.
The marauding left-back has been in good form for Rangers in their last few league games and has either scored a goal or bagged an assist in each of his last three outings in the Scottish Premiership.
Wallace has been a Gers played since 2011 when he signed from Hearts for £1million.
He endured the clubs fall and ultimate rise through the Scottish football pyramid and has made a total of 249 appearances for the club.
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