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Lee Wallace insists he will skipper Rangers his way

By Gavin McCafferty

Lee Wallace plans to bring an air of calm to the Rangers dressing room after being confirmed as the new Ibrox skipper.

The 28-year-old follows the likes of Terry Butcher, Richard Gough and Davie Weir in being named Gers captain.

Those men gained iconic status among the Light Blues faithful with their impassioned leadership of the Glasgow giants.

But left-back Wallace believes times have changed and the days of skippers "ranting and raving" at their team-mates are over.

Instead, the defender says he will continue to keep a level head with his colleagues.

Wallace, whose first official match as permanent captain since being handed the armband by Mark Warburton last week ended in a 5-1 thrashing of Alloa, said: "I am just going to be myself as captain.

"Long gone are the days when your captains are shouting and ranting and raving on pitches.

"I think now we're in the modern-day era and the system and philosophy we have here, and if you can understand the way we play, which I think I do, then you will be okay. I'm just going to continue to do my best and do what I can on the pitch.

"I love the responsibility and I am going to relish that and I am going to meet it head on.

"The other teams should be watching us and it was a real marker and that is how the other teams should be viewing us. It's about progress now and taking it on a game by game basis."

Wallace's first job as skipper will be to put a protective arm around Tottenham loan recruit Nathan Oduwa in tonight's Petrofac Training Cup clash, away at Ayr United.

The Spurs youngster has found himself at the centre of a storm since introducing himself with an outrageous rainbow flick during his debut against Alloa.

The man on the receiving end, Wasps defender Colin Hamilton, accused the teenager of showing disrespect with his show-boating.

But Wallace is happy to see his new team-mate express himself.

"He is a young lad and he has come in and impressed and he is a very positive player and a very technical player so those types of skills are in his locker," he said.

"You heard the reaction of the fans, they were screaming, they were shouting and they adored it.

"That is exactly what we are here to do. We want to send them home happy and we want them talking about us and how well we enjoyed the game.

"Ultimately, we want to repay them with the club moving back to where we should be playing."

Petrofac Cup: Somerset Park, 7.45pm (BT Sport)

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