Speaking to the official Rangers website, 27-year-old defender Wallace has admitted that the Light Blues have struggled in the defensive department this season, making a number of mistakes and conceding soft goals.
He said: “We are all fully aware that as a defence at times this season we haven’t been as good as we should have been, myself included. There have been moments in games when we should have defended better and we have conceded soft goals throughout the season.”
It was defensive issues that prevented the Gers from winning automatic remotion to the top flight this term, and then saw them drop from second to third place in the table, despite being in the driving seat.
They conceded 39 goals in relation to first placed Hearts’ 26, and second placed Hibs’ 32, and it was the late season draw to Falkirk - replete with two defensive errors - which cost them second place.
Admittedly, Stuart McCall’s side are still in the play-offs, and they take on Queen of the South this weekend. But they will need to be far better in the defensive third than they have been for much of the season if they intend to traverse the tricky campaign, and secure promotion to the Premiership.
Every team will head into the knockout games with a more defensive mentality, and if Rangers attempt to do that without being able to keep clean sheets and clear of defensive mishaps, they have no chance of defeating their play-off rivals for a place in the top flight.