By Richard Parks
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to criticise Russell Martin for his performance in their team’s 4-0 Scottish Cup walloping by Celtic on Sunday.
The centre-back, 32, played the full 90 minutes of the semi-final clash at Hampden Park, initially in tandem with Ross McCrorie and then alongside Bruno Alves after the youngster’s 51st-minute red card.
But Martin could not subdue a Celtic attack that demonstrated the gulf in class between the two teams and kept Brendan Rodgers’ side on course for a double treble.
First-half goals from Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor, and second-half penalties from Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham secured a comprehensive scoreline.
Martin, who was signed on loan from Norwich City in January, made his 12th appearance for Rangers.
But a section of Gers supporters on social media claimed it should be his last for the club, with many urging the club not to extend his loan beyond the end of this season.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Halliday was shocking. Was no where near any Celtic player just ran about like a headless chicken. I’m not just blaming him, I completely agree Martin and Mccrorie were shocking too. Docherty and Tav only one with pass marks. Murty to blame overall he is never rangers manager.
— William Marshall???????? (@WdsM1872) April 15, 2018
A few Rangers careers ended today hopefully, we have a few simply not good enough, Halliday, holt, Martin for example, a few who are bang average and I would add Candeias to that list with John, Tav, Dorrans, Docherty, Windass. Massive overhaul required once more, not good enough
— Scott (@King1Scott) April 15, 2018
Not impressed with one rangers player, with Martin at the back we were always going to struggle because of the pace Celtic have up top. Losing Bates was a real blow to the team
— The Tartan Tavern Podcast (@TheTartanTavern) April 15, 2018
Russel Martin should not be offered a permanent deal in summer!
Understatement of the century I know but he is honestly abysmal.
One of the worst defenders I’ve seen at Rangers who is a regular starter
— Mr M (@MBS1872) April 15, 2018
Russel Martin is awful, Alves should have started all day long. Wrong choice by Murty. Halliday made to be scapegoat but everyone on that park has been shocking. Serious changes needed next season #Rangers
— Pav (@GPavlovic1986) April 15, 2018
Dorrans & Martin aren’t good enough to play for rangers
— Cameron Mcphail (@cameronmcp95) April 15, 2018
Russel Martin should never play for rangers again
— Crofty ???????? (@crofty1872) April 15, 2018