LEE WALLACE swapped the East of Scotland for the West when he joined Rangers from Hearts in July 2011 for a fee of £1.5 million.
Interest in him from Ibrox was long term and Rangers had seen a bid rejected earlier that summer.
However, Ally McCoist returned with improved offers and a deal for Wallace was agreed between the two clubs when the Light Blues met the Tynecastle side’s asking price.
The defender put pen to paper on a five-year deal just short of his 24th birthday, ensuring Rangers would enjoy the best years of his career.
Edinburgh-born Wallace joined Hearts Academy from Salvesen Boys Club and earned a professional contract in July 2004.
He then made his debut in February 2005 and was an important squad man when the Jambos were runners-up in the League in 2005-06.
At Rangers, Wallace found himself often playing left-midfield in his first season as he struggled to dislodge the ultra-consistent Sasa Papac.
He managed his first Old Firm goal with a fabulous finish in Rangers sensational 3-2 victory over Celtic in March 2012.
He was then the first high profile star to commit his future to the Light Blues following the administration episode.
He was promoted to vice-captain as Rangers began life in the Third Division, and showed his true quality by creating a trademark of charging runs from left-back.
Internationally, he helped Scotland to the final of the European Under-19 Championships in 2006 and then gained experience in the Champions League and UEFA Cup with Hearts.
His driving runs were a regular feature in Gorgie and in April 2009, after helping the club back into Europe, he was voted the Hearts’ Players’ Player of the Year.
The 6’1″ left-back retained that award in April 2010 and was made vice-captain after over 150 competitive appearances for the capital side.
His career would be put on hold later that year, however, when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury whilst earning his fifth cap for Scotland in September 2010.
It was a body-blow for him as he had been tipped in many quarters to make the left-back position his own for years to come.
Consistent and strong, Lee made his first full international appearance against Japan in October 2009, having previously represented Scotland at U19, U20 and U21 levels.