Report: Murty eyes senior switch at Rangers after first teamer slammed v Celtic
Rangers boss Graeme Murty is considering switching full back and club captain Lee Wallace from the flanks to the heart of defence in a bid to deal with his lack of centre defenders, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim on their website that the 30-year-old, who is a natural left back, was put into the middle of the back line for the club’s reserve clash against Brentford B in a 3-0 defeat, as he continued his return from injury.
His return to action comes at a good time for Murty, who is suffering from a lack of options at the heart of his defence due to injury, with David Bates having been forced off against Celtic on Sunday.
His absence means that Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso are the only senior options at centre back, but the 23-year-old, who replaced Bates, was slammed by fans and pundits for his display during the 3-2 defeat to the Hoops.
As such, it appears as though Murty is testing out his options ahead of the weekend’s clash against Kilmarnock, although Wallace’s credentials may have taken a dent after conceding a penalty in the reserve match.
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Cardoso might not be the most talented of centre backs but at the moment he is all the Gers have, and playing him there is the right decision. Wallace’s turn out for the reserve side will likely have been an experiment from Murty and it does not seem like one which worked out too well. Still, the manager has to prepare for any and all eventualities, for suspension or another injury would leave it as a defensive crisis at Ibrox. For now though, Wallace needs to focus on ensuring he is fully fit and not on whether he will be changing positions in the near future.
In other Rangers news, the club have been given a huge quadruple boost ahead of their next SPL match.