Scotland head coach Gordon Strachan has said that he would have no problem calling upon Rangers captain Lee Wallace for international duty in the future as he knows and trusts the experienced defender, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
Wallace is enjoying a fine season at club level and is on the verge of leading the Gers to a return to the Scottish Premiership after four years away.
However, he was overlooked by Strachan for the international friendlies with the Czech Republic and Denmark this week in favour of younger talent in defence such as Celtic teenager Kieran Tierney.
That decision was the subject of some debate from players and pundits alike, and led to Gers manager Mark Warburton suggesting that his players may be being ignored on account of their lower-league status.
However, Strachan has insisted that the snub was due merely to wanting to blood some young and emerging talent instead of relying on older players, rather than any kind of vendetta against Rangers or Wallace in particular.
The 59-year said, according to quotes published by the Scottish Sun: “We know what Lee can do. I’m not saying he’s a world-class player but we know what he can do.
"There’s a group of lads out there we know are willing and able and who you can trust, and Lee’s one of them. It would be remiss of me though not to have a look at a young talent, someone ten years younger. Everybody understands that.
"If Kieran Tierney didn’t make it then we would have no problem in knocking on Lee’s door and he would go right in there, absolutely."
Wallace has been capped eight times by the Scotland senior side, but has not featured for his country since 2013.
He and Warburton would be forgiven for thinking that Scotland's loss is Rangers' gain as the 28-year-old led the club to a 4-3 victory over Queen of the South at the weekend which leaves the Glasgow club on the cusp of sealing a return to the top flight.
The Gers are now 14 points clear of Falkirk and know that two more wins would be enough to see them secure the Scottish Championship title.