Rangers manager Steven Gerrard today confirmed 100% that thanks to the upholding of former captain Lee Wallace’s appeal, the left back and his dispute with the club is over.
Following months of bitter recriminations after the fateful events at Hampden, Wallace (and Kenny Miller) found himself ditched to the outside and banned from Auchenhowie, and not considered for selection on match day.
However, the independent panel upheld the appeal, and unless Rangers’ board wants to look petty and silly and continue the façade onwards, the situation is now completely resolved and Wallace and Miller won.
It marks the formal end to a very ugly saga which dominated headlines in a way we just don’t want to see coming out from Govan, and we can be relieved that frankly the correct outcome was reached and we have a very decent option again fully available for left back.
We do suspect for his part Wallace would probably like to move on, and that probably would have happened this summer, but due to the dispute he was still engaged in not to mention his injury concerns, finding a new employer would have been nigh-on impossible.
For Steven Gerrard’s part we feel the new manager has handled the situation extremely well, not taking sides but subtly hinting at praise towards Wallace, and he will be glad the silliness is over and we can concentrate on football again.
As we say though, he is probably not overly likely to play a huge role going forward (Borna Barisic to name but one is clearly rather ahead of him as an option at left back) and he will probably seek a move out in January.
And he’d go with our very best wishes.
Just a shame the board took someone else’s side over a man who sacrificed pretty much everything for a third division Rangers.