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Lee Wallace looking forward to competition for places

Rangers captain Lee Wallace is looking forward to the competition Declan John will bring

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Rangers captain Lee Wallace is looking forward to the added competition after the club signed Declan John on a season-long loan from Cardiff City.

22-year-old John can play left back or left wing and Wallace believes it can only benefit the team.

"I think it's not only great for me,” Wallace told yesterday’s pre-match press conference, “it's great for the team.

“We've got very good, solid competition in every position now which is great for the individual positions.

"It's massive and as a consequence, it's going to be very strong for the team.

“Obviously when you're out there playing you'll have to know that there is somebody just hanging over your shoulder ready to come in and play.

“That's very healthy for the team and how we move forward. It's good for the future."

Wallace hasn’t faced any real competition since Sasa Papac left Rangers and has seen his form dip on a few occasions and the 30-year-old reckons it’s not just him who will see his performances pushed by the signing of one-time Welsh cap John.

"It's down to the individual and you've got to have your own motivation and your own pressures and your own standards,” he said

“That's day in, day out is the best you can be in everything you do, irrespective of having a direct opponent ready to take your position or not.

"It's down to the individual and I didn't have any problems with doing that and I don't have any problems with having direct competition. I think it's great not only for me but for every other player that can play full-back and for the team as a whole."

John wasn’t involved in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Dundee but could make his debut on Friday when Pedro Caixinha’s side visit Firhill to take on Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.