CAPTAIN Lee Wallace has insisted his full focus is on Rangers after missing out on a place in the Scotland squad for their upcoming friendlies.
The Scots take on the Czech Republic this evening and Denmark on Tuesday, but Wallace will play no part in either game in spite of being in scintillating form for the Light Blues of late.
Wallace was grilled on his exclusion by the media at this afternoon’s press conference, but, as ever, he was keen to reaffirm his commitment to the Rangers cause.
The 28 year-old explained: “I wasn’t involved in any of the previous squads, and the National team are now evolving and moving forward and looking at how they can qualify for the next campaign.
“The manager will be assessing the best possible players which can do that, so for me, there is no relevance in talking or wishing about me being there.
“Where there is relevance is me talking about how I’m enjoying my football here at Rangers. It’s a team and a squad I am involved in every day, and I am enjoying working with the manager and Davie and playing every single week.
“For as much as there is plenty of media talk, the only thing relevant to me is talking about my career at Rangers and how best I can contribute to the club I am playing for and love playing for every single week.
“I’m not too sure he [Gordon Strachan] is watching. He is a clever man though and a top manager, and I was fortunate enough to be in a couple of his early squads and I have nothing but respect for his coaching skills and what he has done with the national team and the progress they have made.
“All I need to do is keep thinking about what I can do best for Rangers – not in the hope that I get called up but more about how we can develop and move forward as a club, and how best I can please my manager here and help my teammates in training every single day.
“I want to help us get back to where we should be playing our football. It’s a phrase I’ve been using for the last few years, and we’re not too far away now.
“I want to do the best I can for our fans who have been ever so loyal and brilliant since the day I came into this club.
“All I think about therefore is how good I can do for Rangers.”
Wallace was also asked if he feels playing at a higher level next season will help him regain his Scotland place.
He continued: “That might be the case, and I take the argument that you need to be playing at the top level in your country to be playing in the National team.
“When we get back to the top though, for me, it’s not about looking at that, it’s about looking at how we can keep moving forward, and that’s got to be European football.
“Whether that’s Europa League football off the back of this season or Champions League in a few years to come, it’s about how we can progress here at Rangers.
“The plan was when I chose to stay here was to get the club back to where we should be playing our football. As I’ve said there, we’re not too far away from that and from completing the first set of goals.
“Once we do get back up there will be another set of goals unleashed that myself, my teammates and my manager will be certainly be going with all guns blazing to attack.
“The main priority for me though is how well I can contribute to Rangers moving forward.”