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Recent transfer developments make Rangers move more likely

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Norwich City defender Russell Martin looks increasingly likely to extend his stay at Ibrox beyond his current loan, after his defensive partner agreed a shock move away from the club yesterday.

Martin hasn’t had the best of time at Ibrox. Despite a scintillating start to his Scottish career, his form has dipped of late and he found himself on the end of abuse whilst in a supermarket.

The 32-year-old got off to a strong start in Scotland after forming a strong partnership with David Bates. News has broken in the last 24 hours that Bates is to leave Ibrox in the summer, joining German side Hamburg.

That makes the possibility of Martin remaining at Ibrox much stronger.

It was widely speculated that the move signalled the end of his Norwich City career and with Bates now on the move, it will perhaps make it all the more crucial that Graeme Murty hold on to the Scottish international in the summer.

Martin, who played over 300 times for the Canaries during his eight-year stay, said at the time of his loan deal: “At this stage in my career to come here, it really excites me. It’s a challenge as well. Huge football club. It was the one that I really wanted to happen. There was other offers from the Championship in England so I’m really pleased to get it done.”

Norwich, who have failed to trouble the top six this season, will be looking to streamline their squad in accordance with a drop in parachute payments this season.

The Verdict

It does look much more likely that he’ll remain north of the border now. It was widely expected to be the end of his Norwich career and what a way to end it, with one of the biggest clubs in the UK. David Bates move is perhaps disappointing for their fans, the would expect their young talent to remain at Ibrox, but if a full Scottish international such as Martin joins on a permanent basis perhaps it would appease them somewhat.

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