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Lee Wallace shines with standout performance against Hibernian

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Lee Wallace played a key role in Rangers' 2-0 win over Hibernian.

Stuart McCall’s main point since taking over at Ibrox was that he needed time on the training pitch to implement the changes he thought could turn Rangers' season around.

The culmination of this time was the 3-5-2 formation that Rangers deployed against Hibernian at Easter Road.

This change of approach benefited one player in particular, and that was Lee Wallace. The 27-year-old was shifted from his usual left-back position - where he tends to get forward and influence the game when possible, but with defensive duties at the forefront of his mind he often has to be cautious and stay back.

The move to left wing-back highlighted the Scotland international’s best attributes with his attacking prowess and athleticism a focal point for the Gers throughout the game, culminating in a well-deserved goal for Wallace, that won his old Hearts teammates the league title, just before the half-time whistle blew.

The former Hearts man had an opportunity to turn provider for Nicky Clark 10 minutes into the second half after he burst down the left, but poor decision making ended the opportunity, although the build-up continued to show the threat he posed.

As well as threatening going forward, Wallace also showed his quality when tracking back, running the length of the pitch to put Fraser Fyvie under pressure, before his dubious tackle which appeared to be a foul saw Kenny Miller calmly double the lead.

While the formation change suited Rangers on the front foot, there were some drawbacks in defence where the three centre-backs were exposed at times, especially in the case of Biel Mohsni who is often guilty of misjudging crosses into the box, with one such example coming in the first half.

McCall’s decision ultimately paid off for Rangers and they can now go forward believing that second-place is still firmly within reach.

Their overall performance against an under-par Hibernian side showed grit, determination and, more importantly, organisation, with the first signs of progress under McCall coming at just the right time.

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