Norwich manager Daniel Farke has admitted that on-loan Rangers defender Russell Martin can return to Carrow Road when his loan spell with the Gers comes to an end – likely killing off any lingering chances of the Scotland international earning a permanent move to Ibrox in the summer.

Martin joined the Gers in January but disappointed during his time north of the border and the Gers yet to confirm if the defender will leave the club.

Farke revealed that he would have “no problem” if Martin and fellow Canaries outcast Steven Naismith returned from loan spells in Scotland – but did hint something could still happen and seal their exit from East Anglia.

“It is no problem if they come back,” Farke said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“You don’t know what happens in the summer.

“They might want guarantees they can play so there could be business done before pre-season starts.

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“If not, I can work with these players.

“I just want to work with good players, and they are good players.”

Football Insider verdict:

Rangers fans will be desperate for Martin to return to Norwich after disappointing at Ibrox as the Gers struggled to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership. The 32-year-old was a massive let-down and making a move to land Martin permanently would likely erode some of the goodwill Steven Gerrard has built up before he even officially takes charge. With a host of other defenders linked with a move to Ibrox, keeping Martin shouldn’t even be a worst-case scenario option for the Light Blues. Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves still being at the club means there’s little need to add defenders as depth options for Gerrard as the Portuguese duo are more than capable of sitting on the bench. After watching Martin regularly during his time at Rangers it is baffling how he managed to ever play so many games at such a high level as a defender and win 29 international caps. 

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