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Lee Wallace
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Wallace with Rangers in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lee Wallace
Date of birth (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left Back
Club information
Current team
Rangers
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2011 Heart of Midlothian 139 (3)
2011– Rangers 156 (18)
National team
2006 Scotland U19 5 (0)
2007 Scotland U20 3 (0)
2007–2008 Scotland U21 10 (0)
2009– Scotland 8 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 July 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2013

Lee Wallace (born 1 August 1987) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a defender for Scottish Premiership club Rangers.

Wallace, started his career with Edinburgh side Heart of Midlothian, making his debut in 2005, aged seventeen and moved to Glasgow to join Rangers seven years later. He remained with the club upon its demotion to the Scottish Third Division in 2012 and was awarded the club captaincy by the then manager Mark Warburton in 2015. Wallace has represented Scotland at both youth and full international level, collecting eight senior caps to date.

Playing career

Club

Heart of Midlothian

Wallace signed professional terms with Hearts in July 2004, having progressed from the Hearts youth team.[1] Wallace made his debut in the 2004–05 season[1] against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup and became a regular member of the first team squad although he found it hard to dislodge Takis Fyssas from the left back position. Wallace scored a goal in the cup tie against Kilmarnock.[2]

In the summer of 2006 fellow Scottish Premier League club Dundee United had a loan bid for Wallace rejected.[3] A month later, Wallace signed a five-year contract with Hearts.[4] Wallace was made Hearts vice-captain at the start of the 2010–11 season,[5] however, a month later while representing Scotland in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein, he suffered a cruciate ligament injury following a late challenge by Martin Stocklasa[6] Despite returning at the start of 2011, he continued to be blighted by injury and he made only seven appearances for the rest of the season. In total, Wallace made 160 appearances for Hearts and scored four goals.

Rangers

On 22 June 2011, Hearts rejected a bid of £300,000 from Rangers, deeming it as derisory.[7] A week later Rangers made an improved offer of £1m, which was also rejected.[8] Hearts then placed a £3m price tag on Wallace.[9] Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers had also expressed an interest in Wallace, but did not make any offers.[10][11] On 21 July 2011, a bid of £1.5m from Rangers was accepted by Hearts. Wallace signed a five-year deal with the club, becoming Ally McCoist's second signing of the summer.[7]

Wallace made his Rangers debut in the Champions League qualifier on 26 July 2011, in a 1–0 defeat, at the hands of Swedish side Malmo.[12] Wallace scored his first goal for Rangers on Christmas Eve 2011 in a 2–1 defeat to St Mirren. Four days later he thought he had scored again on his Old Firm debut, but the goal was not given as the officials made a mistake thinking it didn't cross the line. Wallace scored his second goal for the club on 25 March 2012, against Old Firm rivals Celtic, it was the third goal in a 3–2 win for Rangers.

Wallace playing for Rangers in 2013.

Following the liquidation of The Rangers Football Club plc, Wallace opted to transfer his contract to the new company.[13] At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Wallace was appointed vice-captain. On 14 September 2012, Wallace signed a new five-year contract with Rangers.[14] Wallace was sent off during a game against Annan on 18 December 2012, conceding a penalty which was saved by Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander.[15] This red card was rescinded on appeal. Wallace started the first game of the 2013–14 season in a 4–0 win over Albion Rovers in the Ramsdens Challenge Cup.[16] Wallace played in the first league game of the season in a 4–1 win over Brechin City at Ibrox.[17]

Wallace was the subject of much transfer speculation and both Nottingam Forest and West Ham United have been credited with interest in him. Forest manager Billy Davies made a pair of cash bids for Wallace in a bid to take him to The City Ground but each approach was turned down by the then Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace as the offers did not match the clubs valuation.[18] On 21 July 2015, Wallace assumed the captaincy following the departure of previous captain Lee McCulloch. He was later named club captain by new Rangers manager Mark Warburton in August. Wallace opened the 2015–16 Rangers campaign by scoring a brace in Rangers' 3–1 home victory over St Mirren on 7 August 2015. Wallace was officially appointed captain on a permanent basis prior to Rangers' 5–1 win over Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park on 16 August 2015. On 5 April 2016, Wallace captained Rangers to a 1–0 home victory against Dumbarton to win the Scottish Championship and earn promotion to the top flight of Scottish football.[19]

On the 20 June 2016, Wallace signed a contract extension with Rangers until 2019.[20] After signing, Wallace stated that he wanted to finish his career at Rangers.[21]

International

Alongside team-mate Calum Elliot, Wallace was an integral part of the Scotland U-19 team that reached the final of the 2006 UEFA U-19 Championships before narrowly losing to Spain. He started every match at left back.

Wallace made his full international debut for Scotland in October 2009 playing in a friendly against Japan in Yokohama.[22] He continued to feature for Scotland under manager Craig Levein, and in the Euro 2012 Qualifying match against Liechtenstein, Wallace suffered a serious injury to his posterior cruciate knee ligament.[6]

Following Rangers' demotion to the Scottish Third Division, doubt was cast on Wallace's future international career by Craig Levein.[23] However, on 31 January 2013, Wallace was named in the first squad of newly appointed Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.[24] Wallace was named in the Scotland squad to face Croatia but late pulled out due to injury.[25]

In August 2013, Rangers team mate David Templeton expressed his surprise at the omission of Wallace from the Scotland squad for the special challenge match with England.[26] Manager Ally McCoist urged Wallace to use being overlooked for the international at Wembley as motivation to push into future Scotland squads.[27] Wallace was recalled to the Scotland squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with Belgium and Macedonia.[28] After over two years out of the national team, Wallace was recalled in May 2016 for friendlies against Italy and France.[29] Wallace subsequently pulled out of the squad, along with teammates Chris Martin and Alan Hutton, for unknown reasons.[30]

Coaching career

On 27 March 2015, Wallace joined the coaching team at East of Scotland Football League side Tynecastle.[31] Although his playing career will take precedence, Wallace aimed to combine both roles. He was in the away dugout as Rangers Under-20s played Tynecastle at Murray Park in July 2015.[32]

Personal life

In August 2006, Wallace was charged with a firearms offence.[33] Three months later he admitted being in possession of an airgun and was fined £1,500.[34] In May 2009, he was arrested and charged with breach of the peace outside an Edinburgh nightclub after allegedly threatening to shoot the doormen,[35] however, this charge was later dropped and Wallace was fined £1,100 after admitting two charges of breach of the peace.[36]

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 July 2016
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Heart of Midlothian
2004–05 Scottish Premier League 13 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
2005–06 13 0 0 0 2 0 15 0
2006–07 17 0 2 0 0 0 4[a] 0 23 0
2007–08 21 0 1 0 1 0 23 0
2008–09 34 2 2 0 1 0 37 2
2009–10 32 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 35 1
2010–11 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Heart of Midlothian total 139 3 9 1 8 0 4 0 160 4
Rangers 2011–12 Scottish Premier League 28 2 2 0 0 0 4[b] 0 34 2
2012–13 Scottish Third Division 33 3 3 0 4 1 2[c] 0 42 4
2013–14 Scottish League One 28 3 5 0 1 0 5[d] 0 39 3
2014–15 Scottish Championship 31 3 2 0 5 0 9[e] 1 47 4
2015–16 36 7 6 2 3 0 5[d] 0 50 9
2016–17 Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Rangers total 156 18 18 2 15 1 25 1 214 22
Career total 295 21 27 3 23 1 29 1 374 26
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in 2011–12 UEFA Champions League and 2011–12 UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in 2012–13 UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b All appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  5. ^ Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup and 2015 Scottish Premiership Play-offs

International

Scotland national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 2 0
2010 3 0
2011
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
2014
2015
2016 0 0
Total 8 0

Honours

Club

Rangers

Individual

References

  1. ^ a b Heartsfc.co.uk Player Profile; Undated
  2. ^ "Kilmarnock 1–3 Hearts". BBC (BBC Sport). 16 February 2005. 
  3. ^ "Wilson fails to impress Brewster". BBC Sport. 17 July 2006. 
  4. ^ "Wallace signs new Hearts contract". BBC Sport. 1 August 2006. 
  5. ^ "Hearts choose Marius Zaliukas as skipper". BBC Sport. 7 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Hearts defender Lee Wallace is out for the season after picking up injury playing for Scotland". Daily Mail (Daily Mail). 10 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Brian McLauchlin (21 July 2011). "Rangers seal deals for Lee Wallace & Alejandro Bedoya". BBC Sport. 
  8. ^ "Hearts to offer new contract to Lee Wallace". Telegraph sport (London: www.telegraph.co.uk). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Keith (30 June 2011). "Rangers ditch plan to sign Lee Wallace as Hearts reject £1m bid and demand £3m for Scotland defender". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Speculation won't affect Wallace". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Wolves wait on Lee Wallace move". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rangers 0–1 Malmo". BBC Sport. 26 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Defender Lee Wallace pledges future to Rangers". BBC Sport. 26 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rangers: Lee Wallace pens new five-year deal at Ibrox". BBC Sport. 14 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rangers 3–0 Annan Athletic". BBC Sport. 18 December 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.rangers.co.uk/match/match-reports/item/4585-albion-rovers-0-4-rangers-Albion Rovers 0–4 Rangers
  17. ^ http://www.rangers.co.uk/match/match-reports/item/4759-rangers-4-1-brechin-city Rangers 4–1 Brechin City
  18. ^ "Business As Usual". Andrew Dickson (Rangers.co.uk). 31 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Prince-Wright, Joe (6 April 2016). "After brave battle, Rangers’ top-flight return can help Scotland prosper". NBC Sports. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "Rangers captain signs new three-year deal". BBC (BBC Sport). 20 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "Waldo Wants To End At Gers". Nick Thomson (Rangers.co.uk). 20 June 2016. 
  22. ^ Hearts Boss hails Wallace Performance in Japan; Edinburgh Evening News 12 October 2009
  23. ^ "Rangers' Lee Wallace questions future Scotland prospects". BBC Sport. 15 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Scotland: Rangers left-back Lee Wallace gets call-up". BBC Sport. 31 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Wallace In Scots Squad". Rangers Football Club. Rangers.co.uk. 2 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Lee Deserved Cap Call". Rangers Football Club,. Rangers.co.uk. 23 July 2013. 
  27. ^ http://www.rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/item/4785-react-the-right-way-React The Right Way
  28. ^ "News - Rangers Football Club, Official Website". Rangers Football Club,. Rangers.co.uk. 23 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Scotland: Rangers' Barrie McKay and Lee Wallace in squad for Italy & France". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Scotland: Hutton, Wallace & Martin to miss Italy and France friendlies". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016. 
  31. ^ "Vinter gets Rangers’ Wallace on board at Tynecastle". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 March 2015. 
  32. ^ "Watch as Rangers put six past Tynecastle FC.. with Ibrox defender Lee Wallace in the OPPOSITION dugout". Daily Record. 15 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "Footballer appears on gun charge". BBC News. 31 August 2006. 
  34. ^ "Footballer fined over gun charge". BBC News. 3 November 2006. 
  35. ^ "Hearts star's "gun threat" to bouncers". Douglas Walker (The Scottish Sun). 25 May 2009. 
  36. ^ "Hearts ace hit with fine for bust-up and threat to police". Daily Record. 17 October 2009. 
  37. ^ "Wallace wins young player award". BBC Sport. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  38. ^ Lee Wallace profile Rangers FC. Retrieved 25-04-2016.
  39. ^ a b Lee Wallace Deserves Rangers Gongs Evening Times. 09-5-2014. Retrieved 12-05-2014.
  40. ^ a b Player of the Year Awards: Celtic, Rangers and Hearts pay special tribute to their key men this season Daily Record. 25-04-2016. 25-04-2016.
  41. ^ a b c Lee Wallace Presented with PFA Award dothebouncy.com. 06-05-2013. Retrieved 11-02-2014.
  42. ^ Lee Wallace hopes for signings in summer Daily Mail. 28-04-2014. Retrieved 28-04-2014.
  43. ^ PFA Scotland Team of the Year 2013–14 TeamTalk. 18-04-2014. Retrieved 20-04-2014.
  44. ^ "Rangers' Mark Warburton, Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay among PFA Scotland award winners". Sky Sports. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  45. ^ "Rangers Stars Dominate PFA Championship Team of Year". Inside Futbol. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lee McCulloch
Rangers captain
2015-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent