Ex-Rangers defender Russell Martin rebuilding career with MK Dons
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Ex-Rangers defender Russell Martin rebuilding career with MK Dons

Russell Martin spent the second half of last season at Ibrox, on loan from Norwich City.
While the stint wasn’t a nightmare, he failed to reproduce the form that had seen him captain Norwich in the Premier League, just a few seasons previous.

Martin marking Sergio Aguero back in March 2016. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The centre-back wasn’t offered a permanent deal, and returned to the Canaries at the end of the season.
Soon out of contract there, he spent several months as a free agent before joining Walsall in League One.
However, his player-coach role there didn’t last long at all.

He left the Saddlers after just three months, to join fourth tier MK Dons, as his tumble through the divisions continued.
Now, though, he appears to be successfully rebuilding his career.

Brought in as an experienced head, it didn’t really work out at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Initially, he struggled to nail down a spot in the team.
Yet, recently, he’s been a near permanent fixture and the League Two side seem to be benefitting.
Before Tuesday night’s round of fixtures, they had won five consecutive fixtures, with
Martin starting all but one.
He’s also helped to keep two clean sheets, against Crawley Town and Newport County, as they mount a promotion challenge.

Martin jostles with Jamille Matt during the 2-0 win over Newport. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Level with third place Mansfield town, they are securely in the play-off spots and just five point’s off Jordan Rossiter’s Bury, who sit in second.

A 4-2 defeat at Morecambe on Tuesday evening constituted an unexpected setback.
However, while a valuation of £1.35 million seems a touch generous from Transfermarkt, things are certainly going in the right direction again, for the 33-year-old.

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