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In profile: Left-back Lee arrives in W12

NAMED Glasgow Rangers captain during Mark Warburton’s spell in charge at Ibrox, this is Lee Wallace’s first playing spell outside of his native Scotland.

A Scottish international with 10 senior caps to his name, the 31-year-old arrives at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium following more than 250 appearances for the ‘Gers over an eight-year period.

Wallace is well-liked by Glasgow Rangers fans, not least because he played a key role in guiding the club back to the SPL – from the Scottish fourth tier – after the ‘Gers were penalised for hitting real financial difficulties.

The left-back moved to Ibrox from Hearts in July 2011 for a reported fee of £1.5million – initially putting pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Edinburgh-born Wallace joined Hearts’ academy from nearby Salvesen Boys Club, and earned a professional contract in July 2004. He made his debut in early 2005 and was an important squad man when the Jambos were runners-up in the SPL in 2005/06.

Wallace also helped Scotland to the final of the European Under-19 Championships in 2006, before gaining experience in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. 

His driving runs from full-back were a regular feature at Hearts and, in 2009 – after helping the club back into Europe – he was voted players' player of the year at Tynecastle.

The 6'1 defender retained that award in 2010 and was made vice-captain after over 150 competitive appearances for Hearts.

Dependable and strong, Lee made his first full international appearance against Japan in October 2009, having previously represented Scotland at Under-19, 20 and 21 levels.