ALLY McCOIST has urged Lee Wallace to use being overlooked for tonight’s international at Wembley as motivation to push into future Scotland squads.

The Rangers defender has had an excellent start to the season and has been widely acclaimed by many as the best left-back in the country despite playing in League One.

Regardless of that, national manager Gordon Strachan chose not to select him for tonight’s first meeting with England in almost 14 years.

That came as a surprise to many, including those within the first-team playing pool and coaching staff at Murray Park.

McCoist told RangersTV: “Lee has done really well so far this season and I’m a little bit disappointed he’s not in the squad. I’m sure he’ll be a little bit disappointed too.

“Gordon has picked his squad though and we have to respect that. I’d be very hopeful that if Lee keeps performing the way he is, it won’t be long before he’s back in there.

“That’s what he has got to aim for. Lee’s attitude, as everyone can see, is absolutely first class and it’s how he reacts to the disappointment of being left out that’s important.

“We’ve all been let down at times and I have absolutely no doubt Lee will react to this one in the right manner.”

McCoist is an avid Scotland supporter and has travelled to see the team winning in London before.

Sadly his own playing record against the Auld Enemy isn’t great and he recorded only one 0-0 draw in four games against them.

The most memorable of those games was the last he was involved in, the 2-0 defeat to England at Euro 96.

Of course, that fixture is best remembered for the goal then Rangers midfielder Paul Gascoigne scored to clinch a win for his team.

As he lifted the ball over Colin Hendry then shot past Andy Goram, he netted one of the most iconic strikes of his career.

McCoist added: “My last match against England was the 2-0 game at Wembley and Paul had a sensational finish to clinch the game for them.

“But he wasn’t quick to remind us about it. I think if it had been a tap in he’d have given us stick for the rest of our lives.

“The quality of that goal even embarrassed him though. It was nothing short of sensational and even he knew it was some strike.

“The way he flicked it over big Colin then volleyed in was terrific. Now that I’ve had time to get over it, the celebration wasn’t bad either.”

Lewis Macleod, meanwhile, played the final 11 minutes of Scotland’s 6-0 defeat to England at Bramall Lane last night.

The Gers midfielder was introduced in the latter stages of the game, by which time the scoring was already over.

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