Rangers Lee Wallace vows to maintain title pressure

Rangers Lee Wallace (left)
Rangers Lee Wallace (left)

Defender Lee Wallace insists there is no chance of Rangers taking their foot off the gas despite moving 12 points clear at the top of the Irn-Bru Third Division.

A 3-0 win over Clyde at Ibrox on Boxing Day allowed Ally McCoist’s men to put further distance between themselves and the rest of the pack, while extending their winning streak to nine games.

The run of victories suggests Rangers have now fully adapted to life in Scottish football’s bottom tier, having initially struggled at unfamiliar venues earlier in the season.

It would now appear to be only a matter of time before they wrap up the title but Wallace claims the Light Blues are taking nothing for granted.

He said: “We are staying fully grounded and committed and focused. There is a long way to go in the season. The manager has instilled that in us and we won’t be taking our foot off the gas.

“We will give every opponent the respect they deserve and give a good account of ourselves.

“You can’t afford to make any mistakes in this league because you will get punished. We had a few instances of that earlier in the season.

“We are 12 points clear, with nine wins in a row, and a good bit of momentum behind us and we will look to carry that on.

“Even if we get to be 30 points clear, we will never take our foot off the gas. That’s just how we are.

“You need to stay focused and grounded and that’s the most important thing.”

Wallace and Dean Shiels were both on the scoresheet against Clyde but the plaudits went to David Templeton, who netted a superb goal of his own and claimed the man of the match award.

The winger has impressed in December, after making his comeback from ankle ligament damage sustained in September at Annan, and Wallace believes his former Hearts team-mate has a big role to play in the remainder of the campaign.

Wallace said: “He is going to be massively important for us.

“You’ve seen the impact he has made since he came back from his injury.

“When he came off at Annan that day, we feared the worst and he was out for a fair while.

“Now he is back training every day, he’s sharp and back involved in the games.

“I think he will play a massive part in the second half of the season.”