Stephen Craigan lauds Lee Wallace display in Rangers reserves win

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.

Glasgow Rangers defender Lee Wallace featured for the Ibrox side's reserves on Monday.

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.

Motherwell reserve boss Stephen Craigan has told BT Sport that Lee Wallace cruised through Rangers' most recent reserve game which saw the Gers run out 6-2 winners, and insisted that the Light Blues defender's attitude was an example for both sets of youngsters.

Wallace has found opportunities difficult to come by since the much-publicised incident at Hampden Park last season. Steven Gerrard has not shut the door on his Ibrox career by any means, but the arrivals of Borna Barisic and Jon Flanagan over the summer have left the former captain generally relying on reserve team appearances this term.

 

And his latest outing came on Monday as Rangers thrashed Motherwell 6-2 at the Gers' training ground. Wallace played the first-half and may have been hoping that he has given himself a chance of featuring against Ayr tonight in the League Cup. 

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Well boss Craigan clearly believes that Wallace has done his chances of first-team game-time no harm at all, as he picked the defender out when asked which Gers players impressed him most in the game.

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,...

"Lee Wallace cruised through the game," he told BT Sport. "People might question Lee Wallace's attitude or things that have gone on in the past, but his attitude yesterday was terrific. He was encouraging people, he was talking to young players, he was driving up and down the pitch himself. He set a great example to both teams."

Rangers fans may have doubts that Wallace will ever find himself being considered a first-team regular at Ibrox again, but it is unquestionably a boost for Gerrard to have the left-back around.

Steven Gerrard head coach of Rangers FC during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers FC at La Ceramica Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Vila-real, Spain.

Not only could he make a difference if brought back into the picture with the senior side, but he is also clearly the kind of player who the young players relish working alongside as he appears to be showing them the standard. 

And perhaps, given Craigan's praise, it would be premature to suggest that Wallace's Rangers career cannot recover from what has gone on in the last year. 

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