Wallace's Season Probably Over
Rangers have seen the last of Lee Wallace, well this season anyway - his stomach injury will almost certainly keep him out of the final three games of this campaign.
Wallace, sidelined since the start of last month, had hoped to return to action before the end of the 2016-17 season following surgery on his stomach. However, with a shortened summer break in mind, his recovery taking a little longer too, there's no need for the captain to rush back.
He told the Official Website: 'The stomach and the tear itself, the repair went fine. I saw the surgeon two weeks later and he was happy with how it looked and was given the go-ahead to step it up with Steve [Walker] and the physios at that point. Leading up to the games there has maybe been a bit of pain coming from my hip and my groin, and obviously they are all connected. We just need to get those things right and it`s not quite settled in the way I would have liked it.'
It's not 100% certain the Scottish international isn't going to play again this season but if that proves to be the case, as is likely, Wallace said he would use this as motivation to come back stronger.
'There`s time now and we are going to use these remaining weeks to build that flexibility and get myself back to a level where I can join in training again. I think at this moment in time, it will probably be the summer when we return for pre-season. While I`m disappointed with that, I`m also using that disappointment as a bit of motivation to getting back to being the best I can.'
Wallace, claimed to be one of those unhappy with a two week summer break, Rangers need to return earlier than most due to the Europa League qualification bid, also moved to dismiss rumours of dressing room discontent.
He said: 'There have been a lot of bizarre headlines coming from outside of here about players mumping and moaning about breaks and weddings, and it`s just nonsense. If we are told we are getting a day off or two weeks off by the manager of the club to prepare for a new season, then we will fall in line with that with no mumping or moaning. Two weeks break is fine to recharge the batteries and recharge ourselves mentally, have a wee break from it all and look forward to getting back in. There is a lot being made about this whole saga - but it`s pure nonsense.'
A confirmed return to European competition is a delight for Wallace.
'The most pleasing aspect is that we can now say we have secured European football. It`s been a long time and it`s one of the things you want to try and achieve when you sign here.'