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Fans need to develop thicker skins: Rangers skipper Lee Wallace

By Andy Newport

Published 30/01/2016

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace
Rangers skipper Lee Wallace

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace believes if he and his team-mates can put up with abuse from the stands then opposition fans should be able to cope with his side's on-field celebrations.

The Gers captain was left frustrated earlier this week when team-mate Andy Halliday was controversially sent off during the 2-0 win at Morton.

Halliday was shown a second yellow card by referee Barry Cook after aiming a fist pump in the direction of the home support as he celebrated his side's second goal by Barrie McKay, which rules him out of today's Championship clash with third-placed Falkirk at Ibrox.

His manager Mark Warburton admitted he was bemused after the official later told him the gesture could have "incited a riot or trouble with the Morton fans," but Wallace claims fans need to have a thicker skin.

"We as players receive a lot worse than a fist pump or a celebration," Wallace said. "That's part and parcel of the game. We're thick-skinned and know each time we take to the field away we're going to get it.

"We know each time we take to the street we're going to get it. It's a 24/7 lifestyle for us and we know we're going to get abuse."

Warburton has already confirmed he will be seeking clarity on the situation from the Scottish Football Association.

Wallace admits he would like an explanation of what is acceptable in the aftermath of goals.

"Andy is a Rangers fan. Barrie scored a great goal and he celebrated it. He's a passionate man and we have to preach that type of passion in the game, albeit without stepping over that mark," he said.

"We don't know if Andy has done that or not. We have to have a bit of clarity because it is a real shaky one for the officials."

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