According to an Ibrox Noise poll recently held, 87% of Rangers fans want ex-captain Lee Wallace re-instated at left back against Hearts this Sunday.

The fans know that Wallace is better than Jon Flanagan who is a right footer or midfielder Andy Halliday, as they attempt to replace first choice Borna Barisic.

If Croatian internationalist Barisic is actually 100% fit to play again, then he should start the game and Wallace will remain on the sidelines – no problem!

Steven Gerrard, and his expert background staff, use specific coaching methods for players at their disposal, so why have they not improved Wallace for that vital left back weakness in the current Rangers defence? 

Wallace has won 10 caps at left back for Scotland and another 10 for Scotland’s U21’s. All caps were achieved by various managers, who obviously rated him in that position. 

On 21st July 2011, Rangers paid Hearts £1.5 million for Wallace. He played at left back in 245 games in the Rangers first team and kept his position until he had words with acting manager Graeme Murty in 2018.

Since the infamous fallout with Murty, Kenny Miller and captain Wallace, after a dreadful Old Firm performance, the left back is suddenly not good enough to be given one game in a Rangers jersey – only one minute.

Gerrard said at the Rangers AGM:

“I have to pay my respects to Lee in terms of his professionalism while he’s been injured and the hard work he’s put in trying to get match fit. But at the moment, to be really candid, he’s still part of the plans while he’s here but I have better options in that position.”

Gerrard managed to say that with a straight face, but the rookie manager is not handling Wallace’s situation with any degree of decency. I’m sorry but this is not on – to continue to treat him this way – it’s about club politics, and we all know it is.

I am glad that Gerrard is the Rangers manager and that he is doing well in his new job, but please don’t lie to us on this touchy subject. 

The majority of fans want Wallace to be given a chance, that’s all we are asking for – just one game might prove that Gerrard is right. 

How bad a player has he become? Back on the pitch will show whether or not Gerrard’s opinion is fully justified.

My suggestion to Gerrard is this: What have you got to lose by playing a loyal Rangers man who almost 90% of fans want to see back in a Light Blue jersey?

If he is as bad as you think he is, we will all witness his collapse as a top ex-Rangers captain, and the fans can then support you in this extremely petty standoff between manager and fans’ opinions.

By his own admission, Gerrard has made mistakes before and thousands of fans know he is making another one here!

I ask, what do you have to lose? Let’s all see how crap Wallace has suddenly become, and the fans will back down if you are proved to be correct.

Perhaps the Ibrox brigade should start singing at Ibrox – to the tune of the old John Lennon song – All we are saying is: Give Lee a chance. 

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