The return of Lee Wallace: Actions speak louder than words

What the return of Lee Wallace signalled to me.


Sunday, Fir Park, Motherwell. As Rangers fans, we could have been mistaken for thinking we had seen a ghost, as our ex-captain, Lee Wallace entered the field, only seconds before the last minute equalising goal that left us all frustrated.

Lost in amongst all the pre and post-match drama of the game was the re-introduction of our former skipper. I have no issues in stating this is something that I just did not foresee happening for a multitude of reasons. Now, I don’t want to get into speculation or gossip as to why I felt this way, but let me just say I don’t think I was alone in feeling or thinking this.

In the long run, I really don’t see any future on the horizon for the player. No, too much water has passed under the bridge for this to ever happen, many fans will struggle to understand just why now. That is a far easier thing to explain in my view.

Quite simply in my eyes it was a play by Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to highlight his lack of quality options from the bench, hence being forced to recall, and play a player who only last was being touted and talked about for a return to his former club Hearts. A quick glance at the substitutes bench for the clash with Motherwell shows just how thin we are in this key area, we have asked Goldson and Katic to play nearly every minute of every game due to the lack of a reliable and able replacement. This is what is behind it I believe.

Since his arrival, Gerrard has known that the centre of his defence urgently required upgrading, it was one of many reasons why last season was so unacceptable. Katic and Goldson (Sunday aside) have been impressive, but if at any point one of them goes down injured the whole Rangers support holds their breath. We simply need numbers and of a certain level of ability and mental strength.

Sunday only further served as an indication of how short we are in squad depth. I appreciate many players have already been bought or taken on loan, but for me, strengthening the centre of defence will open up more options in formation because flexibility is vital.

I expect some movement on that front this week.