LEE WALLACE says it’s a privilege to be Rangers captain and that having four others helping him will bode well for the future.
Pedro Caixinha recently confirmed he will have Lee Wallace as the Club captain wearing the armband on the pitch, but explained that he will also have Kenny Miller, Graham Dorrans, Bruno Alves and Niko Kranjcar as senior professionals helping as a group of captains within the squad.
Wallace has been captain since he was passed the armband by Lee McCulloch and the skipper is delighted to continue his footballing education and to be able to improve as a player and as a leader of the team.
He said: “It’s hugely important as I am still a young captain. I’ve been ever so privileged to have the role eighteen months or two years and to have maintained it.
“However, I am still learning in it and it’s something that I will keep doing. The fact that we have the five players that the manager has assigned in that captain’s role is huge for me.
“I can lean on any one of these guys and it’s not just me, every player can go to each and every one of us for different reasons.
“The experience from the levels that many of the guys have played at and for a general football head, in terms of how this club moves forward, how we want to try play the game and I think it’s really important. It’s something that I think will really improve us this season.
“We’ve had brief chats with the manager the five of us. I’ll also be in with the manager a fair bit as well and I think it’s just important that you have that relationship.
“I think what’s most important is how we transcend our way with the players who are out on the training pitch and in games.
“We are all going to lead in different ways and that’s a powerful tool that we have got. We can all differently, with different qualities within the five individuals and I think it will bode well for the future.”
Wallace missed the end of last season with an injury and he explained that he is back feeling good ahead of the new season. He said: “I don’t that any footballer can ever be at 100% but getting as close to that as possible has been my aim.
“I think that having played through the niggle I had last year and finally getting over it and missing the last six or seven games and getting going preseason I have been really thinking positively.
“I’ve been thinking positively again, I am slowly building up my fitness, I’ve managed to play four or five ninety minutes across this preseason and I am certainly hoping that I can get back to my top playing performance.”