LEE Wallace says it was great to see Rangers’ “swagger” back over the weekend as the Gers captain admits the team are working hard to reach last season’s levels.
The left-back watched the Light Blues beat Linfield 7-0 from the bench due to a back injury and thinks the display created positive vibes ahead of this weekend’s clash with Celtic.
Wallace believes the game in Belfast saw Mark Warburton’s side take more risks in front of goal.
The 29-year-old said: “I said to the gaffer at half time that it’s amazing that when we do what we do best and hit our levels then it is great to watch.
“I enjoyed seeing a bit of swagger about us again at the weekend and I think with goals two, three and four you could see that and a real confidence about us.
“We were doing what we do best, what I mean by that is that we’re playing one or two touch, we’re playing fast and forward to try and penetrate and we did get that in that period.
“We are feeling good about ourselves and there was a real desire about us to dominate the ball and we have maybe lacked that wee bit of risk in the final third this season.
“It’s about looking back at what we are, what we do best and why we were so successful last season.
“We haven’t hit those levels yet this year and we have been disappointed on that front and while we have been disappointed heads have not gone down, there has been no sulking and we have been working hard to put it right.
“That is now the second time I have been able to watch the boys from the stands this season and while I don’t want to make a habit of that it is great seeing the bigger picture.
“I talk a lot about the tactical side and when you are on the pitch it is easy to act on it but when you are watching it from the stands or the bench you can see everywhere on the pitch and everybody’s movements.
“There were so many positives to take from Saturday’s game, with the greatest of respect to Linfield, we know they weren’t the strongest opponents, but we can’t control that, we can only control what we do.”
Wallace travelled to Belfast with the squad after withdrawing from the Scotland set-up where he failed a late fitness test ahead of the team’s trip to Malta.
He explained: “It was disappointing, I did everything I could to try and remain with the squad and the day that I got there I was receiving treatment and the plan was to have a fitness test the day after, I did that and I failed it.
“I wanted to try and prolong my stay and make sure everything was right, having been called up as back up I wanted to try and force my way into being involved somehow.
“It wasn’t to be that day, it didn’t settle down the way I would have liked and when the decision was made to leave the squad I had to get back with our medical team and that day we were heading over to play Linfield.
“I had to quickly make my way to the airport and work with Steve, Kev and the doc over the weekend rather than going back to Edinburgh or doing nothing over the weekend.
I think it was the best professional decision after speaking to the Scotland staff and management to leave the squad at that time.”