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Lee Wallace
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Wallace with Rangers in 2015
Personal information
Full nameLee Wallace [1]
Date of birth (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 32) [2]
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) [3]
Playing position(s) Left back
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
Number 3
Youth career
Salvesen Boys Club [4]
2003–2004 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2011 Heart of Midlothian 139 (3)
2011–2019 Rangers 191 (21)
2019– Queens Park Rangers 10 (1)
National team
2006 Scotland U19 5 (0)
2007 Scotland U20 4 (0)
2007–2008 Scotland U21 10 (0)
2009–2017 Scotland 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 10:13, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:51, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Lee Wallace (born 1 August 1987) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a left back for Queens Park Rangers. He previously represented the Scotland national team with 10 caps.

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Wallace started his career Heart of Midlothian, making his debut in 2005 at age seventeen, and joined Rangers seven years later. He remained with the club upon its demotion to the Scottish Third Division in 2012 and was awarded the club captaincy by the then-manager Mark Warburton in 2015. He re-joined Warburton at Queens Park Rangers in June 2019. Wallace has represented Scotland at both youth and full international level.

Club career

Heart of Midlothian

Wallace signed professional terms with Heart of Midlothian in July 2004, having progressed from the club's youth team. [5] Wallace made his debut in the 2004–05 season [5] against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup on 5 February 2005 and became a regular member of the first team squad although he found it hard to dislodge Takis Fyssas from the left back position. Wallace scored his first goal in the replay of the cup tie against Kilmarnock in which he had made his debut. [6] He was not selected in the match squad for the 2006 Scottish Cup Final.

In the summer of 2006 fellow Scottish Premier League club Dundee United had a loan bid for Wallace rejected. [7] A month later, Wallace signed a five-year contract with Hearts. [8] Wallace was made Hearts vice-captain at the start of the 2010–11 season, [9] however, a month later while representing Scotland in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein, he suffered a cruciate ligament injury following a late challenge by Martin Stocklasa. [10] Despite returning at the start of 2011, he continued to be blighted by injury and he made only seven appearances for the rest of the season.

Rangers

On 22 June 2011, Hearts rejected a bid of £300,000 from Rangers, deeming it as 'derisory'. [11] A week later Rangers made an improved offer of £1m, which was also rejected. [12] Hearts then placed a £3m price tag on Wallace. [13] Wolverhampton Wanderers, then a Premier League side, had also expressed an interest in Wallace but did not make any offers. [14] [15] On 21 July 2011, a bid of £1.5m from Rangers was accepted by Hearts. Wallace signed a five-year deal with the club, becoming Ally McCoist's second signing of the summer. [11]

Wallace made his Rangers debut in the Champions League qualifier on 26 July 2011, in a 1–0 defeat, at the hands of Swedish side Malmo. [16] Wallace scored his first goal for Rangers on Christmas Eve 2011 in a 2–1 defeat to St Mirren. Four days later he thought he had scored again on his Old Firm debut, but the goal was not given as it judged not to have crossed the line. Wallace scored his second goal for the club on 25 March 2012, against Old Firm rivals Celtic, it was the third goal in a 3–2 win for Rangers.

Wallace playing for Rangers in 2013 Lee Wallace.jpg
Wallace playing for Rangers in 2013

Following the liquidation of The Rangers Football Club plc, Wallace opted to transfer his contract to the new company. [17] At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Wallace was appointed vice-captain. On 14 September 2012, Wallace signed a new five-year contract with Rangers. [18] Wallace was sent off during a game against Annan on 18 December 2012, conceding a penalty which was saved by Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander. [19] This red card was rescinded on appeal. Wallace started the first game of the 2013–14 season in a 4–0 win over Albion Rovers in the Scottish Challenge Cup. [20] Wallace played in the first league game of the season in a 4–1 win over Brechin City at Ibrox. [21]

Wallace was the subject of much transfer speculation and both Nottingham Forest and West Ham United have been credited with interest in him. Forest manager Billy Davies made a pair of cash bids for Wallace in a bid to take him to The City Ground in January 2014, but each approach was turned down by the then Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace as the offers did not match the clubs valuation. [22] On 21 July 2015, Wallace assumed the captaincy following the departure of previous captain Lee McCulloch. He was later named club captain by new Rangers manager Mark Warburton on 16 August. [23] Wallace opened the 2015–16 season campaign by scoring a brace in Rangers' 3–1 home victory over St Mirren on 7 August 2015. [24] Wallace was officially appointed captain on a permanent basis prior to Rangers' 5–1 win over Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park on 16 August 2015.

On 5 April 2016, Wallace captained Rangers to a 1–0 home victory against Dumbarton to win the Scottish Championship and earn promotion to the top flight of Scottish football. [25] He also led out the team in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final, the first major final in five years for Rangers. The match ended in a 3–2 win for opponents Hibernian, [26] whose supporters staged a pitch invasion at the final whistle; some Rangers players were confronted in the process of leaving the field, with Wallace a particular target due to his association with their Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts, and he appeared to be struck by at least one person during the disturbance. [27] [28]

On 20 June 2016, Wallace signed a contract extension with Rangers until 2019. [29] After signing, Wallace stated that he wanted to finish his career at Rangers. [30] Wallace missed a 2016–17 Scottish League Cup match against Peterhead on 9 August 2016, which ended a run of consecutive competitive appearances at 69 that had begun in February 2015. [31]

In September 2017, Wallace sustained a double hernia injury during a match against Partick Thistle. [32] Initially ruled out for a few months, he did not play again in the 2017–18 season. [33] Following a 4–0 defeat by Celtic in the 2017–18 Scottish Cup semi-finals, Wallace and teammate Kenny Miller were suspended by Rangers due to an alleged altercation with manager Graeme Murty. [34] After an internal investigation Wallace was fined four weeks' wages by Rangers, the maximum amount permitted. [35]

Wallace returned to the Rangers squad for pre-season activities in June 2018. [33] New manager Steven Gerrard said that he hoped the dispute would be resolved, and that Wallace would fully recover from his long-term injury. [33] At the outset of the campaign, he was replaced as club captain by James Tavernier. [36] In early September, he was not included in the Rangers squad for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage; [37] two days later, it was announced that he and Kenny Miller had won an appeal at a SPFL tribunal against the disciplinary action taken against them five months earlier, with the expectation they would make a financial claim against the club for the fines imposed. [38] [39] He would go on to make 3 substitute appearances in the 2018–19 season, getting a great reception from the Rangers supporters.[ citation needed ]

Queens Park Rangers

On 14 June 2019, Wallace joined English Championship team Queens Park Rangers on a two-year deal upon the expiry of his Rangers contract. [40] He scored his first goal for QPR on 5 January 2020 in the FA Cup against Swansea City. [41]

International career

Alongside Hearts team-mate Calum Elliot, Wallace was an integral part of the Scotland under-19 team that reached the final of the 2006 European Championships, where they lost 2–1 to Spain. He started every match at left back. Wallace made his full international debut for Scotland in October 2009, playing in a friendly against Japan in Yokohama. [42] He continued to feature for Scotland under manager Craig Levein. In the Euro 2012 Qualifying match against Liechtenstein, Wallace suffered a serious injury to his posterior cruciate knee ligament. [10]

Following Rangers' demotion to the Scottish Third Division, doubt was cast on Wallace's future international career by Craig Levein. [43] However, on 31 January 2013, Wallace was named in the first squad of newly appointed Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. [44] Wallace was named in the Scotland squad to face Croatia but late pulled out due to injury. [45]

In August 2013, Rangers teammate David Templeton expressed his surprise at the omission of Wallace from the Scotland squad for the special challenge match with England. [46] Manager Ally McCoist urged Wallace to use being overlooked for the international at Wembley as motivation to push into future Scotland squads. [47] Wallace was recalled to the Scotland squad for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with Belgium and Macedonia. [48] Wallace was left out of the squad in March 2014, as Strachan gave Andrew Robertson a first selection. [49]

After over two years out of the national team, Wallace was recalled for friendlies against Italy and France in May 2016. [50] He subsequently pulled out of the squad, along with teammates Chris Martin and Alan Hutton, for unknown reasons. [51] Wallace played in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley in November 2016, due to injuries to Robertson and Kieran Tierney. [52]

Coaching career

On 27 March 2015, Wallace joined the coaching team at East of Scotland Football League side Tynecastle. [53] Although his playing career will take precedence, Wallace aimed to combine both roles. He was in the away dugout as Rangers Under-20s played Tynecastle at Rangers Training Centre in July 2015. [54]

Wallace is now an assistant coach for the under-20 team at Kelty Hearts. [55]

Personal life

In August 2006, Wallace was charged with a firearms offence. [56] Three months later, he admitted being in possession of an airgun and was fined £1,500. [57] In May 2009, he was arrested and charged with breach of the peace outside an Edinburgh nightclub after allegedly threatening to shoot the doormen, however, this charge was later dropped and Wallace was fined £1,100 after admitting two charges of breach of the peace. [58]

Career statistics

Club

As of 16 April 2019
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Heart of Midlothian
2004–05 Scottish Premier League 130410000171
2005–06 Scottish Premier League1300020150
2006–07 Scottish Premier League170200040230
2007–08 Scottish Premier League2101010230
2008–09 Scottish Premier League3422010372
2009–10 Scottish Premier League321003000351
2010–11 Scottish Premier League900010100
Total13939180401604
Rangers 2011–12 Scottish Premier League282200040342
2012–13 Scottish Third Division 33330412 [lower-alpha 1] 0424
2013–14 Scottish League One 28350105 [lower-alpha 1] 0393
2014–15 Scottish Championship 31320509 [lower-alpha 2] 1474
2015–16 Scottish Championship36762305 [lower-alpha 1] 0509
2016–17 Scottish Premiership 2733050353
2017–18 Scottish Premiership5000002070
2018–19 Scottish Premiership20000020
Total190212121816021125625
Career total3282430326110021141529
  1. 1 2 3 All appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup and 2015 Scottish Premiership Play-offs

    International

    Scotland national team
    YearAppsGoals
    200920
    201030
    2011
    201210
    201320
    2014
    2015
    201610
    201710
    Total100

    Honours

    Rangers

    Individual

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