If Rangers land John on permanent basis, what left for Wallace?

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - October 1:  Lucas Akins of Burton Albion and Declan John of Cardiff City in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Cardiff City...

Declan John has impressed at Ibrox since joining Rangers on a season-long loan.

Declan John of Rangers has a fine header pushed away by the Motherwell keeper during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers loanee Declan John has become one of the first names on Graeme Murty's team sheet at Ibrox since joining the club on a season-long loan from Cardiff City, as he continues to impress the Gers faithful.

The 22-year-old has ousted both captain Lee Wallace and impressive teenager Myles Beerman, who came into the first team under Pedro Caixinha last season. Even Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson has not been afforded a sniff.

From the left side of defence, John has begun to mirror the kind of goalscoring form that has seen right-back James Tavernier win over the hearts of the Ibrox faithful. Making eight appearances, Wales international John has scored twice.

Myles Beerman (R) of Rangers looks dejected after fouling Patrick Roberts of Celtic leading to a penalty with Josh Windass (L) of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match...

John remains on loan at Rangers until the end of the 2017-18 campaign, but the Gers will have an option to land the Cardiff City ace on a pre-contract agreement from January 1 as his contract with the Welsh side is set to expire in the summer - that is, if Neil Warnock's Bluebirds do not offer him a new deal.

It would see John remain with the Light Blues beyond his season-long loan deal, which is a move that would certainly benefit Rangers and delight fans simultaneously.

However, if the Gers do complete a move for the impressive young defender, what is left for club captain Lee Wallace?

The Scotland international is already in his thirties and has made just seven appearances this season before the club moved for John. Slightly injury-prone, it was argued that even 18-year-old Beerman could keep him out of the side last season.

Lee Wallace of Rangers is seen on arrival at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glasgow,...

But with John the Gers undisputed first-choice left-back, Wallace must seek assurances that he will be given game time if the Ibrox club do indeed attempt to land John on a permanent basis.

However, he could well be told that they want to place their faith in Malta international Beerman because of his age, leaving Wallace third choice and with no alternative but to look for pastures new as he tries to get the most out of his remaining years in professional football.

Turning 31 in August, Wallace has another season left on his contract. But moving on in the summer of 2018 to a club in the English Football League would see Wallace maximise what is left of his career, if the Gers do sign John.

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