Glasgow Rangers legend David Weir has backed QPR’s latest signing to shine at Loftus Road.
Lee Wallace, who was a former captain at Ibrox in a spell which lasted nearly eight years, joined QPR on a two-year deal on Friday (June 14).
The left-back has played 229 games for Rangers after joining from Hearts in 2011, but hasn’t been able to hold down a starting spot in the first team over the past two seasons.
Now has joined forces with his ex-manager, Mark Warburton, who used to favour Wallace when he was playing for Rangers
Now club legend David Weir, who won eight trophies for Rangers, has spoken of how the pair will gel and how Wallace will be “champing at the bit” to impress in West London.
He said to Football Scotland: “It’s exciting for him to go and play in England.
“He’s never done that. He’ll be hoping to make his mark down there, working against with Mark as well who he knows well.
“There’s an opportunity or him to get better and do well. He’ll be excited by it as he’s missed a lot of football in the past few months as well. He’ll be champing at the bit.
“In my experience you couldn’t fault him either as a person or what he gave.
“As an individual and towards Rangers, the story of what he did was incredible really, the fact he stuck by the club when it was in the lower divisions.
“He put himself forward when he probably could have left. He was great for us when we were there. He’s a great player as well.
“To miss such a big chunk of the season can’t have been easy for him either when he’s at his peak.
“The fans showed what they thought of him and Lee is sensible enough to know how it works. He knows the intricacies of some things that go on.
“It’s disappointing but the people who know – you see all the messages from the fans and players who are supporting him – are well aware of what he’s done and how highly he’s thought of.”
Rangers fans were left frustrated by Wallace not getting the appreciation he deserves from the club when he left – and that bodes well for QPR.
With QPR having a fairly inexperienced team, Lee Wallace should be a calming influence in the changing room who has a lot of experience at the highest level in Scotland.
Davie Weir’s comments suggest that Wallace was an important player in the changing room and will be hungry to impress after facing a couple of years not getting the game time he would like.
QPR fans should be encouraged by Weir’s comments that they have got a sensible player with a good mentality who contributes to a positive team spirt at the club.