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The Media View: Murray Wallace

Scunthorpe United writer gives his insight on Millwall's recent recruit...

22 June 2018 spoke to Scunthorpe Telegraph reporter Paul Crute following Murray Wallace's move to The Den earlier this week.

Crute, who can be found on Twitter @PaulCrute1, gave us his insight into Wallace - having covered the defender's time at Glanford Park.

1. The reaction from Scunthorpe fans suggests Murray will be a big loss to the club?

Yes, he will be a massive loss. Murray was regarded as one of the best centre backs the club has had in many a year. The fact he made 145 appearances in just over two seasons (including his loan spell) speaks volumes as to how consistently well he performed. The defence always looked more solid when Wallace was in the side and you could probably count the amount of bad games he had for Scunthorpe on one hand. Every Scunthorpe fan will be sad to see Murray go because of what a good and important player he was for the club, but they will wish him all the best.
2. What are Murray’s main qualities?
Murray is a very dependable centre-back and has been a rock at the centre of the Iron's defence for the last two seasons. He is strong in the air and wins the majority of his headers and is also very robust in the tackle. Although that is what you expect from a defender, one of the things that sets him apart from others is his ability to bring the ball out from the back and more often than not find a team-mate after winning the ball. His height means he's also a threat at set-pieces and scored some important goals for Scunthorpe. Murray is an approachable player and fans will not have a bad word to say about him. He's a passionate player who wears his heart on his sleeve and you could see how much it means to him when he was in tears after losing to Millwall in the play-off semi finals two seasons ago.
3. Has he got what it takes to be a success for Millwall, and thus at Championship level?
I do. Murray joined Scunthorpe from Huddersfield so has already had experience of Championship football. He made no secret that he wanted to get back to that level and judging by his performances he is certainly capable of performing to that standard. If Scunthorpe had managed to get promoted there is every likelihood that he would have stayed at the club. His qualities mean he is easily capable of playing at Championship level.
4. Do you think this move gives Murray the platform he needs to gain senior international recognition with Scotland?
In a word, yes. Again, Murray had made no secret of his desire to play for Scotland and has said on several occasions that he needs to be playing at least at Championship level in order to achieve that. He probably feels the time is right in his career to push for that national call-up and that he needs to be playing in the Championship in order to do that.

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