Rangers boss Mark Warburton has insisted that Lee Wallace possesses the ability to represent Scotland after the left-back was not called up for the nation’s upcoming friendlies against the Czech Republic and Denmark later in the month.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan decided against including Wallace or anyone from Rangers in his team, despite the left-back being in fine form at both ends of the pitch this season.

In addition to helping Rangers keep 21 clean sheets in 39 games, Wallace has also managed to score nine goals and provide 11 assists for the Scottish giants.

And Warburton explained that although he is pleased that Wallace will remain at Rangers instead of being away on international duty, the manager believes that the 28- year-old and his team-mates at Ibrox have it in them to don the Scotland shirt.

“From my point of view, I’m delighted the player is with me. Lee has been first class for us in everything he has done, so I am delighted to have him here”, he said in a press conference yesterday.


“Do I think he can perform internationally? I think my opinion is very clear on that one.

“It’s really important to respect Gordon’s decision, but all we can do is give our honest opinion. There is a healthy gap at the moment, and it’s down to the level of the players and their level of consistency.

“I have no doubts as to the quality of Lee Wallace and other players in the squad who can step up.

“If it takes going to the Premier League to do that, then so be it, but I have no doubts over their ability.”

Wallace, who has thus far earned seven caps for Scotland, joined Rangers from Heart of Midlothian in 2011.