The left-back position at Hearts is one which has haunted them for many years. And yet, there’s a former Hearts player that the Jambos sold for a decent fee that they should’ve moved for. Particularly once he was deemed surplus to requirements at his current club. The Jambos have had numerous opportunities to sign Lee Wallace.

Rather they were left back at home

The highly-anticipated arrival of Juwon Oshaniwa, the permanently injured Ashley Smith-Brown and awful Rafal Grzelak. The poor Lennard Sowah that’s back at Hamilton Accies, Faycal Rherras that went on to sign for Hibs. Even the long serving Kevin McHattie. The list of poor Hearts left backs is endless.

You could argue they haven’t had a solid choice that would get into most Premiership teams since Danny Grainger. Ironic in that he was initially signed as an understudy to a man they should’ve looked to resign, Lee Wallace.

Lee Wallace made over a century of appearances for the Jambos. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Wallace came through the youth ranks at Hearts after being picked up from Salvesen Boys Club. He became a first-team regular somewhat instantly but found it tricky vying for the left back spot with Greek international Takis Fyssas. At the start of the 2010-11 season, he became vice-captain behind Marius Zaliukas.

Gorgie to Govan

Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers had a bid rejected for Wallace, a move which would’ve seen him link up with current Hearts captain Christophe Berra.

A £1.5 million bid was eventually accepted by Hearts to make Wallace Rangers manager Ally McCoist’s second signing of the summer.

Wallace has even netted the winner in an Old Firm in a 3-2 win in March 2012. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

One of few players to stay with Rangers following their demise to the fourth tier, Wallace’s loyalty cannot go unnoticed. He’s played in continental competition with the club and just about every domestic one you can think of.

Criminally underrated

Two-times Rangers Player and Players’ Player of the Year, in his peak he was a full Scotland international. A fantastic footballer that should’ve been playing much higher than the level he was. A great engine, an effective attacking outlet as well as a smart defender, Wallace would be a shrewd addition.

Wallace may be approaching 32 but would be a steal for Hearts. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Hindsight’s a wonderful thing but he would’ve provided Hearts with the cover they need at left back through injuries sustained to Demetri Mitchell and Ben Garuccio.

Even though Bobby Burns has been fantastic in recent weeks, there’s no doubt to many that Wallace could still do a job at Premiership level.

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