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Ibrox skipper Wallace eager to net a major crown at last

By Andy Newport

Lee Wallace will get the chance to lift his first major trophy as a Rangers player today but the Ibrox skipper insists it is better late than never.

Wallace joined the Glasgow giants in the summer of 2011 with expectations of regularly competing for top domestic honours and playing at the top level of European club competition.

But his dreams were shattered 12 months later when the club entered administration and were forced to fight their way back up from the bottom of the Scottish league ladder.

So far, all the former Hearts defender has to show for his Ibrox career are three lower-league winners' medals as well as the keepsake he picked up after last month's Petrofac Training Cup triumph.

Now, however, he can claim William Hill Scottish Cup glory at Hampden against Hibernian.

Having missed out on so many opportunities, Wallace confessed that he is determined not to let another pass him by again.

"When I came here I thought I was coming to a place where I could win a lot of medals," admitted the Rangers captain.

"But who could have seen what was coming our way a few months later? But now finally I've got the opportunity with a unique group of players at a unique club to win our first Rangers-type piece of silverware.

"This is a good chance for a lot of us to take some top-level recognition and the things that will come with that."

Rangers completed their journey through the divisions to reclaim their place in the top-flight with this season's stylish march to the Ladbrokes Championship title.

But Wallace admits the shine would be taken off the Light Blues' campaign if they fall to Hibs. He said: "I don't think many people would have expected us to go on and win the Scottish Cup. We were expected to win the Petrofac Cup and the Championship and do it in an eye-catching way and we've been dominant on that front.

"So if we can go on and win our version of a treble it would make a good season into a great one.

"But we also know it could go from good to not so good if we don't do the business on Saturday."

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