'There's no gamble' - Gary Holt raves about reported Rangers target
Gary Holt believes Norwich City defender Russell Martin will be an ideal signing for Rangers – and insists ‘there’s no gamble’ in bringing the 32-year-old to Ibrox on loan.
Martin is expected to join the Gers on loan on Tuesday, according to the Daily Record, as manager Graeme Murty revamps the squad he inherited from Pedro Caixinha in October.
The Norwich and Scotland defender is expected to sign a season-long loan deal and join Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings as new arrivals at Ibrox so far this month.
Holt thinks Martin is “exactly” what Rangers need after playing alongside and coaching the defender at Wycombe and Norwich.
“Russell’s exactly what Rangers need as he’s a good talker on the pitch and a leader off the pitch as well as on it,” Holt said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“You can bank on him taking responsibility and helping others.
“They need this quality of player, someone who has a British football mentality.
“There’s no gamble with Russell as you know what you’re getting, a dedicated and passionate performer. He knows the size and structure of Rangers and is coming from a high level.”
Martin has made over 300 appearances for the Canaries and has been promoted to the Premier League twice in his time at Carrow Road.
The 32-year-old has 29 caps for Scotland and last appeared for Scotland in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovenia in March 2017.
Martin is under contract with Daniel Farke’s side until the end of next season.
If the defender agrees a temporary switch to Ibrox, he could make his debut for the Light Blues in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup when the Gers face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh at tiny Bellslea Park.
In other Rangers news, this international is expected to undergo a medical with the Gers on Tuesday.
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