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Rangers skipper Lee Wallace endures the lowest point of his career

By Andy Newport

Published 12/09/2016

Losing skipper: Lee Wallace
Losing skipper: Lee Wallace

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace admits Saturday's Old Firm humiliation hurt more than anything his side endured during their four-year traipse through the lower leagues.

The Ibrox men were smashed 5-1 by Brendan Rodgers' relentless Celtic side in the first league clash between the rivals since 2012.

Gers were looking to put down a marker after finally reclaiming their place in Scottish football's top tier but the reigning Ladbrokes Premiership champions simply steamrollered Mark Warburton's team at Parkhead.

It was yet another painful blow for a club who have been put through the wringer since their well-documented financial implosion.

Wallace has seen it all after refusing to join the exodus of talent when things started going wrong and experienced grim days during their journey back as the Glasgow giants crashed against minnows like Stirling Albion, Annan and Peterhead.

But he confessed the sting as the goals flew in around him at Celtic Park was the sharpest he has felt in his Rangers spell.

The 29-year-old said: "The last four years have been tough and I'm grateful that I'm part of the group who have got us back to the top flight, playing in this fixture.

"The build-up was superb but now I'm on the receiving end of a poor result and it's a real low point in my career.

"While it's hurting, we have to move on and get ourselves back to winning ways.

"It's hard to say if it's worse than losing to a lower league side. But this is a fixture we want to be winning and this feeling now is probably worse than any defeat lower down the leagues."

Wallace, though, believes Gers can recover despite the prospect of Celtic opening up a seven-point lead if they can win their game in hand.

He said: "We have to realise that we're only five games into a season.

"The worst thing we can do is feel sorry for ourselves. I've said it after many bad situations we've found ourselves in.

"We have to stay together. There's no way we can let it affect the preparations for our next game.

"We'll reflect on it quickly and see where we need to improve.

"So while there's heartache in that dressing room - we're going to have to put it right quickly.

"We know what will be said in the aftermath of a result like this.

"But we have to be ready for it. We have to be brave and thick-skinned as individuals and as a team.

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