Norwich City’s Russell Martin has been enjoying a loan spell north of the border and, if he gets his way, he won’t be heading back to Norfolk.
Martin joined Norwich in 2010 from Peterborough and has since made 302 appearances for the Canaries, but he’s fallen down the pecking order this season. He joined Rangers on loan in January and he’s keen to ensure the move is not a short-term one.
“I’ve made it known I want to stay so I will have to keep doing well enough to make sure that happens,” Martin was quoted by the Eastern Daily Press. “I want to be here and there’s still a lot to play for. We have the cup and we need to finish second in the league, it’s as simple as that. We need to try to haul the points back, and I’m enjoying everything about being at the football club.”
The 32-year-old, who has 29 caps for Scotland, was also recently filmed being abused by Celtic supporters, ahead of their Glasgow derby.
“It is one of those things. It’s the first time it’s happened, and I don’t think it’s a regular occurrence for any of the lads,” he said. “It is what it is. I didn’t think anything of it to be honest until I got a phone call about it.”
Martin made his name at Wycombe Wanderers before moving to Peterborough. He played four seasons in the Premier League for Norwich and has represented Scotland 29 times. He’s played nine times for Graeme Murty’s side, scoring once in a 2-0 victory against Hearts.
When you come out with statements like this, you’re not going to be welcomed back with open arms. His father is Scottish, hence his international leanings, and doubtless the opportunity to represent one of the big two has been too good to miss. Who could blame him for wanting to remain at Ibrox? I’m not sure Norwich fans will be up in arms about it either, meaning there’s only winners in this scenario.