Lee Wallace targets European football with Rangers as soon as possible

Rangers FC Stands

The 28-year-old appears to have put his Scotland snub behind him.

Rangers captain Lee Wallace is putting hopes of a Scotland recall to the back of his mind as he looks to bring European football back to Ibrox.

The Gers have failed to appear on the continental stage since 2011-12, but having amassed a nine-point lead over second-placed Falkirk in the Championship Mark Warburton's side are well-placed to put themselves back in European contention from next season.

However, they could still qualify for the Europa League a year earlier - providing they beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final and see off either Dundee United or Hibernian at Hampden Park.

And Wallace isn't wanting to bide his time.

"I take the argument that you need to be playing at the top level in your country to be playing in the National team," said the left-back, who was controversially omitted from Gordon Strachan's latest squad, as quoted by Rangers' official website.

"When we get back to the top though, for me, it’s not about looking at that, it’s about looking at how we can keep moving forward, and that’s got to be European football.

"Whether that’s Europa League football off the back of this season or Champions League in a few years to come, it’s about how we can progress here at Rangers."

Wallace moved to Ibrox from Heart of the Midlothian in the summer of 2011, and appeared in both the Champions League and Europa League, at the third qualifying and play-off rounds respectively.

But the Gers' demotion to the fourth tier the following year not only put his continental aspirations on hold, it also saw him collect just two more Scotland caps - both in 2013.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch