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22nd Jan, 2018 | 10:38am

Injury setback for Rangers senior player could prove catastrophic in long-term

Rangers captain Lee Wallace hasn’t had his injury problems to seek over the last few years but his latest setback could end up catastrophic for the 30-year-old defender.
Wallace was expected to have returned to action during the winter break when the Ibrox giants travelled to the United States to participate in the Florida Cup but the former Hearts man never even made it on the flight.
In Wallace’s absence, the Gers have since signed Welsh full-back Declan John to a long-term contract and the former Cardiff City defender has barely put a foot wrong.
John has brought a vibrancy to the Gers defence that has been lacking of late and could hold down the left-back spot for a long time to come.
When senior player Wallace is fit to return – whenever that may be – he’s going to face a massive fight to displace John and force his way back into the starting XI at Ibrox.
It’s the first time Rangers have really had two left-backs at the club with both expected to be competing for the starting jersey since Wallace and Sasa Papac 2011 – Stevie Smith’s return to the club in 2013 notwithstanding – and again Wallace looks like he’s going to come out of it the loser.
It’s unlikely Wallace will want to move elsewhere when he’s yet to win a Scottish Premiership title but, once he finally returns to fitness, he might have to get used to watching games from the bench.
In other Rangers news, an English club is interested in a swoop for this Gers defender after contract negotiations begin.
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