'Difficult four months' - Rangers defender makes admission about game-time
New Rangers defender Russell Martin has revealed he hopes to ”rejuvenate” his career while on loan with the Ibrox giants.
Martin joined the Gers earlier this week on a season-long loan deal from Norwich after falling out of favour with the English Championship side.
The Scotland defender was Norwich’s club captain but had found first-team football difficult to come by under manager Daniel Farke in the last four months.
The 32-year-old made over 300 appearances for the Carrow Road side but admitted his recent spell on the sidelines at Norwich was the first time in his career he hadn’t been involved regularly.
“I feel energised by this, if I’m honest,” Martin said, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“I’ve been at Norwich a long time and maybe when you are there you don’t realise but the club changes.
“The manager has changed and it’s the first time it’s happened to me in my career where I’ve not been playing football.
“It’s been a difficult four months and I want to come here and rejuvenate my career.”
Martin is one of four new faces at Ibrox alongside Sean Goss, Jason Cummings and Jamie Murphy as manager Graeme Murty revamps the squad he inherited from Pedro Caixinha in October.
The veteran defender has 18 months left on his Norwich contract but could leave Carrow Road in the summer if he is unlikely to get regular games for the Canaries.
Martin has won 29 caps for Scotland but hasn’t featured for the national team since the World Cup qualifying 1-0 win over Slovenia in March 2017.
The 32-year-old could make his Rangers debut on Wednesday night when they return to action after the winter break against Aberdeen at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Rangers news, there have been discussions held about the Gers’ hunt to sign this international playmaker from the Premier League.
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