Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has told the club’s website that he expects Scottish international defender Russell Martin’s move to Rangers to be “done soon”.
Martin arrived in Glasgow today with a view to concluding a loan move to the Scottish giants until the end of the season, but there are still details to be thrashed out and and a medical to undergo.
The 32-year-old defender has made just five Championship appearances this season and has said that one of his major motivations behind moving up to Rangers is regaining his place in the Scottish national team – whoever the new manager might be.
Farke said of Martin: “He’s at Rangers now and the clubs are pretty close. I expect that it will be done soon.”
The player himself said earlier today: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here. There’s still a bit to do but let’s get it done today. There’s been interest from a lot of clubs but as soon as I knew Rangers were interested I said to my agent this was the one I wanted.
“The attraction is pretty obvious really – the size of the club and the position it’s in. Another one of the attractions is getting back into the Scotland jersey.
“I played for a long time but unfortunately not been in the team for the last few games. It was a massive attraction to come up here and get back into the international frame with a new manager on the horizon.”
As Norwich are also discovering with Steven Naismith, for a Scottish player who is out of favour, the lure of a return north of the border and the prospect of playing for Rangers is massive.
For Norwich, I think they have better options at the back than Martin, whose aging legs will be better suited to Scottish football.
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