Lee Wallace is no stranger to putting his neck on the chopping board. Back in 2012 he essentially sacrificed his Scotland career, and frankly, career as a whole to help Rangers make their way slowly back to the SPL.
He gave up the best years of his career for what clearly is now his club – and mostly likely an increased salary at a cushy English Championship club.
So, when Wallace talks, it is usually with his heart, and his club’s interests at heart.
No one will forget that incident with the hack at the presser, and that is the kind of dignity we generally expect from the man.
So it was with no surprise that he spoke honestly yesterday about Kenny Miller, praising his contribution to Rangers, to himself, and hoping that the ‘situation’ with him and manager Pedro Caixinha can be resolved.
Unfortunately for Wallace, by inadvertently admitting the Miller scenario is a ‘situation that requires resolving’ rather than an innocent injury as his manager claimed, he has opposed the Portuguese’s account and cast huge doubt on the affair.
And, as we know, any player who defies Pedro or who the ex-Nacional manager takes a disliking to for whatever reason finds themselves exiled.
In every case it is the beginning of the end and said player either ends up in the youths, loaned out, or just plain dumped.
And there is a strong case here that Wallace’s strong defence of Miller, lack of defence of Caixinha, and testimony that it is indeed a ‘situation’, could well land him in the same place as the Millers, McKays, O’Hallorans and Forresters, to name just four.
Pedro is the boss, and the boss decides. And these guys have found to their cost if he does not fancy you, you are out.
And in the increasingly controversial Miller case, if you back Miller, that has to be interpreted as an indirect slight on Pedro and his decision.
It would be extremely sad for Rangers if Wallace endures the same fate as the (former?) vice captain and frankly he does not deserve it, but Caixinha will have observed his words closely and yours truly would not be shocked if Lee Wallace now never plays again for Rangers.
I hope I am wrong.