Rangers flop hailed 'signing of the season' after guiding new club to promotion
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Rangers flop hailed 'signing of the season' by new manager

MK Dons manager Paul Tisdale has heaped praise on Russell Martin, as quoted by the Milton Keynes Citizen.
The 33-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Ibrox. However, the club opted against a permanent deal and instead allowed him to return to Norwich City.

Martin’s last game for the Gers was in a 5-5 draw with Hibernian. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was subsequently released by the Canaries, after nearly a decade of service. From there, he joined Walsall in a player/coach capacity, but only lasted a matter of months before leaving for family reasons [BBC Sport].
Things looked bleak as he
dropped down to the fourth tier of English football with MK Dons.
However, all that soon changed and he has become central to The Dons’ success.

He’s now the leader of the Dons’ defence. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

They secured promotion to League One on Saturday, with a 1-0 win over fellow challengers Mansfield Town.

“Probably my signing of the season was Russell Martin,” Tisdale told the Milton Keynes Citizen.
“There is experience and know-how, and then there’s doing the right thing over and over and over and over. And he does that.”
High praise indeed for a player whose career had looked on its last legs.

Tisdale secured automatic promotion via third place. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

He’s established himself as a first team regular once more and with promotion to the third tier, things are looking up.
It would be a stretch to say Rangers made the wrong call in not snapping him up. It’s also unlikely at this stage that he’ll add to his 29 Scotland caps.
However, it’s clear that he’s dusted himself down from a forgettable Ibrox stint, and is back to performing to a good standard.

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