On this day, a year ago, Russell Martin moved to Rangers on loan from Norwich City.
It was a big change for the centre-back, having spent the previous eight seasons with the Canaries.
He made 17 appearances for the Gers, but didn’t replicate the same calibre of performance he had shown in England.

Russell Martin competes with Dundee’s Simon Murray at Ibrox. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Just like fellow defenders, Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso, he was on his way in the summer.
Shortly after returning to Norwich, his contract expired and he spent a period of uncertainty as a free agent.
Martin joined League One side, Walsall, as a player-coach in October, but it didn’t go well there either.
He featured 12 times in all competitions for the Saddlers, contributing to just two clean sheets.

 

Brief stint at Walsall now over

Martin left with the Saddlers 16th in League One. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

That deal was then terminated on Saturday.
Martin, who is based in Brighton, cited spending too much time away from his young kids, as the reason for the premature end to his time at the Bescot Stadium.
However, it has emerged today, that the 33-year-old has already found another club.
He has joined League Two outfit, MK Dons, on a free.
It’s a remarkable fall from grace.
Just three seasons ago, he was combining international duty with Scotland, with club captaincy of then Premier League side, Norwich.

The centre-back tussles with a rather more famous adversary back in 2016. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Currently in the play-off places, though, the Dons are pushing to get back into the third tier at the first time of asking.
After a lot of recent upheaval, the Scotland international will hope that despite his advancing age, this is the move that helps bring some stability back to his career.

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