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Ranger's Lee Wallace will 'follow in Davie Weir's footsteps'

By Andy Newport

Published 07/08/2015

On the ball: Lee Wallace admits he is eager to be handed the Rangers captaincy
On the ball: Lee Wallace admits he is eager to be handed the Rangers captaincy

Lee Wallace says he will not have to look further than the Murray Park coaches' room for the perfect example if he is named Rangers' new captain.

The former Scotland left-back has been given the honour of leading out the Ibrox side in their first two games of the season, but the 28-year-old is still waiting to be told by boss Mark Warburton if he will keep the armband permanently.

The ex-Hearts defender sees the role as a major privilege and would love to be confirmed as former skipper Lee McCulloch's full-time successor.

And if he does, he plans to pick the brains of another ex-Gers captain Davie Weir - back at the club as Warburton's number two - for his top tips on leadership.

Wallace said: "Nothing is confirmed yet but it has obviously been an honour to captain the side for the short period since the pre-season games.

"Until anything is concrete then I can't really comment too much but it's not very often that you can say you have captained the club, even if it is in the lower divisions.

"I look back on the captains that I've played with. Davie Weir epitomises what a Rangers player is and if the captaincy thing does come about I'll have nobody better to lean on for advice.

"I've also worked with Jig (McCulloch), who was tremendous, great for the dressing room and led by example. There was also guys like Steven Davis, who led by the way he conducted himself, and Carlos Bocanegra with a wealth of international experience.

"If I was to be appointed captain and could provide half of what they did, then great."

But Wallace - who will again be first out of the tunnel when the Light Blues kick-off their Ladbrokes Championship campaign against St Mirren tonight - knows he is not the only player Warburton will be looking upon as captaincy material.

"There's a number of candidates in our dressing room that the manager will be talking about," he said. "You've got Danny Wilson, Kenny Miller, John Eustace if he signs - even big Marius Zaliukas has been captain at Hearts, so there are guys who have got more captaincy experience than myself.

"Whoever gets the nod will do a good job."

Gers suffered the nightmare of missing out on promotion last term, but former Brentford boss Warburton is doing his best to make the Ibrox faithful quickly forget about that pain after masterminding back-to-back cup wins over Hibernian and Peterhead.

Nine goals have been scored in impressive style in those first two matches but the real business gets under way when the relegated Buddies visit Glasgow for the start of the promotion race.

Performances have risen on the pitch and Wallace claims that much of that is to do with the fact standards have also risen off it.

Revealing a new code of conduct which the players must follow, Wallace said: "They are regulations about how you should behave as a Rangers player.

"It is to be signed and sealed and from here on in we will be as professional as we can be.

"It's everything you can imagine - timekeeping, leaving training equipment outside, that type of thing.

"There are fines and the funds go towards a charity at the end of the season. But we want to reduce those funds by acting in the right way day in day out and being the best we can be.

"The manager is big on that - being the best you can be on the training pitch, the best you can be in and around Murray Park. If you get that right then you're going to be the best you can be on a Saturday."

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