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14th Apr, 2018 | 2:41pm

'It won’t be my decision' - Rangers defender makes admission about potential summer switch

Defender Russell Martin has admitted he hopes he will “have a decision to make” in the summer over a long-term move to Rangers from Norwich City.

The 32-year-old joined the Light Blues on loan from Norwich in January and quickly made himself a mainstay in Graeme Murty’s starting XI.

The Scotland defender revealed that the Gers know what the 29-times capped Scotland international wants to stay but admitted it was something that is out of his hands.

“The powers that be here know what I want. They see what I have added, not just on the pitch, but off it as well, which is a big thing,” Martin said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

“It won’t be my decision but hopefully I will have a decision to make in the summer.

“I am still contracted to Norwich. There will be lots of ifs, buts and maybes, but my intention has been the same since I started here, to prove that I’m worthy of staying here and games like this will only help that by playing well. I don’t expect it to be sorted soon. I am just concentrating on playing as well as I can.”

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With David Bates agreeing a move to Hamburg and the Portuguese duo of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso likely to follow suit, it could clear up a space for Martin next season in the Gers’ defence.

Martin could make his Old Firm debut on Sunday when the Gers face Celtic at Hampden in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

The 32-year-old has one year left on his Norwich contract but has fallen out of favour at Carrow road under manager Daniel Farke.

Football Insider verdict:

Martin would be a decent addition in the summer to offer depth to the squad but the Gers really need to be aiming higher this summer when they undergo the inevitable rebuild. With a new manager likely to come in during the summer too, Martin’s future at Ibrox is almost certain to depend on who takes the reins this summer. At 32, there’s still a couple of years left in the Scotland international but he needs to kick on in the remaining games and show he deserves a long-term contract at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox legend revealed he was gutted at news of David Bates agreeing to join Hamburg.

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