As Rangers fans are only too well aware, Lee Wallace, hero to the support, has been a complete exile this season. Just two inconsequential sub appearances under Steven Gerrard despite probably being the best LB at the club (given the competition, not exactly that hard) were all this man had to show for the sacrifice he’s given and we will never forgive the powers-that-be for that.
But yesterday, his appearance on the bench was an absolute left-field selection and a genuine stunner.
There are a number of conclusions this pointed at, hinted at, and you can tell us if you agree with any.
Firstly, the modest cynic could argue it was Wallace being given what Kenny Miller was outrageously denied – a send off. Waldo’s reception when he came on was the biggest cheer at Ibrox since Ryan Jack’s winner against Celtic. Wallace deserved this, and whatever we think of how Stevie has handled the situation, he showed a touch of class to give him such a fine ending at Ibrox (if it is indeed an ending) and we the fans certainly appreciated it.
It was also a message from the fans to the club that we don’t support what you did with our former captain either – the cheer the man got was not a message of backing to the club, no muted at best response to the player banned then stripped of dignity. No, the fans are purely squarely and solely on Wallace’s side and the loudest cheer of the day at Ibrox was reserved for one of our own to tell him we’re with him and we don’t agree with how he got axed.
It was also something of an intrigue at Andy Halliday. With McCrorie on the bench Rangers had outstanding cover in defensive midfield, and with Jon Flanagan now securing the LB slot out of nowhere, Halliday’s presence on the bench was curious, and it wasn’t he who got on to get a few minutes at LB, it was Wallace. If Halliday was cover, not only was it intriguing, but it truly spells the end, for sure, of the big summer signing in Barisic (more on that later).
But nevertheless, regardless of it all we were absolutely delighted to see Wallace again – he’s deserved his moment – whether it was a goodbye we will find out, but he was at least given his send off anyway, and he has more than justified that.
As we say, however we feel about Stevie’s treatment of the former captain, he did the right thing.