DAVID WEIR is as surprised as Rangers boss Mark Warburton that Lee Wallace was left out of the Scotland squads for forthcoming friendlies against Czech Republic and Denmark.
The Light Blues skipper has been in red-hot form this season – scoring nine goals from his 39 appearances so far – but he has been overlooked by Gordon Strachan for the double-header on March 24 and 29.
With 19 players picked for each game Weir, who earned 69 caps for his country, feels Wallace should have been included.
Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, he said: “I think I find it hard to believe.
“Obviously watching Lee closely day in day out – how he trains, watching him in the games and how he has been playing – it’s credit to the lads who are in the squad because they must be doing really well if they are performing better than Lee Wallace, because he really hasn’t put a foot wrong.
“He has contributed defensively and offensively; some people might say it’s the Scottish Championship but Lee’s performances have stood on their own two feet.
“He’s been head and shoulders in regards to his performances and the level he has been at, so I’ve got nothing but compliments to pay to Lee in regards to how well he has done.
“It’s been consistent as well, it’s been from day one in the season and he hasn’t dropped below his levels at any stage at all.”
Weir continued: “Lee, at 28, he is a baby in terms of his career and where he can go and he’s always learning.
“He’s really interested in football, he loves his football, thinks about his football and you can see that in the way he plays.
“He gets in positions and does things which he has obviously thought about and planned and we have discussed.
“He’s a good team player and a good player for the manager in regards to getting the message across and he makes your job easier.
“We’re delighted to have him, he’s the captain, he’s got a really positive message in the dressing room, he’s a leader, but ultimately it’s his performances that are most key and that’s the thing he is doing really well.”
Mark Warburton, speaking after Friday night’s 3-1 victory over Morton, insisted there were others in the Gers squad such as Andy Halliday and Danny Wilson who should be in the frame for a Scotland call-up, and Weir agrees.
He added: “There’s no doubt. At the end of the day we can’t pick the national team, that’s not our job.
“Everybody will have an opinion and obviously we’ll have favourites in regards to the players who are in our team.
“Gordon Strachan has got a difficult job to limit it to the players that he can actually pick.
“But I think it’s great that our lads are knocking on the door, which undoubtedly they are by their performances and we see them at close quarters and day in day out.
“Maybe I’m a bit biased but there is no doubt about it, there is definitely an incentive there to be involved in that.”