LEE Wallace wants to start this season in the same impressive style as last and is ready to avenge Gers 2014/2015 play-off defeat at the hands of Motherwell.
Mark Warburton’s first competitive game saw Rangers romp to a 6-2 win over Hibernian to lay a maker down to the rest of the league and his captain wants that again.
The 28-year-old is aware of how important it is to show the rest of the Premiership that the Light Blues mean business when they run out at Fir Park on Saturday despite it being a League Cup fixture.
“Is it important to put down a marker on Saturday for the start of the new season? Absolutely.
“It’s a big part of how we are as a team. We want to hit the ground running. We want to be the best we can be.
“I know there’s going to be a tough schedule of four games in nine days but we want to progress through this new-look cup and be in the best possible shape for the new league season starting against Hamilton at Ibrox.
“Our 6-2 win on the first day at Hibs last season had everyone talking about Rangers.
“The games between the clubs later in the season were tight affairs but that one was an eye-opener to everyone.
“There’s no reason we can’t do the same at Motherwell. I’m not predicting the same scoreline again, but we want to go out and make sure we put on a performance to be proud of, send the fans home happy, and move forward from there.”
The centre-back admits the pain of missing out on promotion to the Steelmen two seasons ago is still fresh in his mind.
It’s a score Wallace would like to settle this weekend but he is more concerned about a new look Rangers impressing on their first competitive stage.
“Our last game at Fir Park still lingers in the minds of a couple of us. It wasn’t a nice summer last year; it was a massive disappointment both for the team and me as an individual.
“It was a real low point in my career – not just the immediate aftermath of the game, but the over-riding emotion of the two legs.
“However, the fact is we’re now a new squad, with a new appetite and a new style. We will be fine on the day.
“It will be a hugely competitive game, we know that. Motherwell will be strong opposition but we’ve been refreshed over the summer with the arrival of the new players and we’re ready to go.”
Wallace was speaking as the side he coaches away from Rangers, Tynecastle FC, launched their new kit before playing a friendly against the Gers Under 20 side.