32-year-old: This is the massive attraction behind impeding Rangers switch
Norwich City defender Russell Martin jetted in to Glasgow Airport on Tuesday to secure a move to Rangers and revealed he is aiming to force himself back into the Scotland international set-up.
Martin is expected to sign a season-long loan deal with the Glasgow giants after falling out of favour at Carrow Road this season.
Gers boss Graeme Murty has undertaken a massive overhaul of his squad so far this month with Martin set to be the fourth new signing to arrive at Ibrox.
The 32-year-old has also fallen out of the reckoning with Scotland and is hoping regular football at Ibrox can force him back into the national side.
“One of the attractions is getting back into the Scotland jersey. I played for a long time but unfortunately not been in the team for the last few games,” Martin said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“It was a massive attraction to come up here and hopefully play some football and get back into the international frame with a new manager on the horizon.”
The defender has made over 300 appearances for the Canaries and would bring undoubted experience to the Gers defence as the go into the second-half of the Scottish Premiership season.
If Martin’s move is concluded then the 29-times capped defender could make his debut in the Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Highland League minnows Fraserburgh on Sunday.
Martin will join Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings as new faces in Murty’s squad while full-back Declan John has completed a permanent transfer from Cardiff City after spending the first-half of the season on loan at Ibrox.
Football Insider verdict
Martin should make a sensible signing for Rangers in the second-half of the season. Vastly-experienced and versatile, Martin will tick plenty of boxes for Graeme Murty. His arrival could also see one or two others moved on as Murty revamps the squad and goes for a much more British squad than Pedro Caixinha assembled. Unlikely it’ll become anything more than a loan deal until the end of the season but wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if it did. Will help some of the Gers’ younger defenders like Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson and David Bates too.
In other Rangers news, this international is expected to undergo a medical with the Gers on Tuesday.
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