Glasgow Rangers played a worthwhile friendly against HJK Helsinki at Ibrox on Sunday and won 3-2 in the process.
One thing really stood out after the game. What has happened to Gers ex-captain Lee Wallace?
With the 31-year-old not stripped for the game, does this mean he was injured or is it a sign that his Rangers career could be finally over?
Despite Steven Gerrard using 23 players against the Finns, the ex-Hearts left-back couldn’t even get a 30-minute cameo role in the practice match.
In preparation for the hugely important Kilmarnock game this Wednesday night on the plastic pitch of Rugby Park, Gerrard picked Andy Halliday in the first 45 and Borna Barisic for the second half.
He could easily have given Halliday, Barisic and Wallace 30 minutes each at left-back, but obviously didn’t.
The Rangers boss played youngsters Jordan Houston, Cammy Palmer and Stephen Kelly in the game, which was a smart move as Houston was outstanding at right-back.
Wallace was not on the sidelines.
Since last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final thrashing by Celtic, his bust-up with Graeme Murty has really left the veteran in the doghouse, yet he is still picking up his wages from Rangers.
With his contract up in June, after signing from Hearts eight years ago, is it the right time to let Wallace go and resurrect his career elsewhere?
He lost his Rangers first team place due to a very long injury, and this obviously hindered his chances of impressing new boss Gerrard on his arrival.
According to Gerrard, Wallace is fit again and working extremely hard on the training field, but still he doesn’t get picked.
The best he seems to manage is the odd match where he is named as a substitute, and sits on the bench watching the others play.
Is there any point in paying him good wages to train with the Rangers squad, and be a spectator?
Surely it would be better to remove his wages from the Ibrox coffers by transferring him to another club.
Even a loan deal until the summer would eliminate a good chunk of Wallace’s salary, and give him the opportunity to impress other managers.
In my, and many other fans’ opinion, Wallace has been shabbily treated by Rangers for reasons that have not yet become public.
Whatever actually happened at Hampden in April with Murty and Kenny Miller, is still a mystery and has clouded his Rangers career irreparably.
Rangers could easily have shown their ex-captain the respect which he deserves, after many years’ loyalty he has given the Ibrox club.
He signed for £1.5 million and for years became a consistent Scotland and Rangers left-back.
Surely it’s time to free up his wages, as Gerrard looks to strengthen his team further and try to win some silverware this year.
Sunday’s snub must have embarrassed Wallace, his family and friends. It certainly annoyed me.
It is time for both sides to find a solution to his plight – and the sooner the better.