Rangers fans already prefer Declan John over long-serving skipper Lee Wallace

Rangers fans pour out of the stand onto the pitch as Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish...

Lee Wallace may have been at Rangers for six years but Cardiff City loanee Declan John is already being tipped to take his place.

Lee Wallace of Rangers  during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

You wonder whether Lee Wallace hobbling off 12 minutes in against Partick Thistle on Friday night to hand Cardiff City loanee Declan John his debut will be a watershed moment in the immediate future of both players at Ibrox.

Skipper Wallace will always be a hugely respected figure at Ibrox for sticking with the club following their liquidation and demotion to the Third Division back in 2012. At 30 years of age, however, his best days are behind him and his influence at both ends of the pitch has waned considerably of late.

John, meanwhile, is the new kid on the block. Rangers’ final signing of a frantic summer of recruitment, the 22-year-old Welsh international was cast into the background at Cardiff once the clearly unconvinced Neil Warnock arrived in October of last year and moved to Ibrox to get a promising career back on track.

Declan John of Rangers is seen in action during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

He’s certainly made a positive first impression, his pace and attacking intent standing out in two games against Partick in the space of four days in league and cup.

And some supporters are even going as far as to suggest that John, who will be out of contract at the end of this season, is already capable of stepping into Wallace’s shoes long-term.

Declan John of Cardiff races after the ball with Mohamed Salah during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Chelsea at the Cardiff City Stadium on May 11, 2014 in...

With the long-serving captain ruled out of the Old Firm clash with Celtic on Saturday thanks to a groin injury, and John likely to step in, that theory is likely to be tested.

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