Steven Gerrard has told Rangers skipper Lee Wallace he may still have a future at Ibrox despite his ongoing disciplinary dispute with the club.
Wallace and striker Kenny Miller were suspended then fined following a dressing-room bust-up with former boss Graeme Murty in the minutes following the 4-0 hammering by Celtic in last season’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final.
Miller has now left the club following the expiry of his contract but both he and Wallace have lodged appeals against their punishments with the Scottish Professional Football League.
And Gerrard says he will be happy to welcome left-back Wallace back into the fold if he can patch things up with the Light Blues hierarchy.
Gerrard told STV Sport: “Lee’s got a year left on his contract and he’s a fantastic player. There’s a situation that I’ve got nothing to do with, and I’m not trying to back out of the situation, but Lee’s got an issue with the club that needs resolving.
“I’ll leave them to it to resolve it. My focus is on when can I get Lee Wallace back fit and available for selection.
“When we do, we’ve got a good player.
“I need a fit Lee Wallace. At the moment he’s injured and he’s also got an off-the-field situation that needs resolving. When those two issues are resolved and I’ve got him fit then I’m a happy man.”
Gerrard was speaking as his squad made their return to pre-season training.
Rangers fly out for a 10-day training camp in Spain on Sunday but Wallace may be left out.
Gerrard said: “A decision hasn’t been made yet (on whether Wallace will travel) but I’ll speak to the medical staff and see what’s best for Lee and Lee’s body, whether it’s best to stay behind and use the facilities here or whether it’s better for him to come.”