The short time that Russell Martin spent at Rangers is probably best forgotten by both parties. In January last year, the sturdy centre half joined on loan until the end of the season, hoping to woo the supporters and earn a permanent deal.
Woo he did not. Even if he gave it everything he could.
But after struggling all Summer to find a club, Sky are reporting that Martin looks set to join League One Wallsall. This time round as a player-coach.
The 29 times capped Scotland defender will join Dean Keates’ backroom staff at the Bescot Stadium. Martin also goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s match with Luton.
Let’s hope he can reclaim some form down south.
Russell Martin didn’t live up to muted expectations
Martin, 32, wasn’t close to the international defender we thought we were getting. Although to be fair he was an international defender for Scotland.
He wasn’t supposed to blow us away, he was just supposed to be solid.
After he failed to impress in 10 appearances – David Bates eventually usurping him – he was sent back to Norwich. Since his contract expired, he’s been out of work. I can imagine he wouldn’t have wanted his time in Glasgow to be the last stop in his playing career.
Besides being a bombscare on the field and never really settling, he also had to infamously contend with a numpty off the field whilst out shopping.
I don’t think his time at Rangers was his most memorable in football. He was slaughtered for his performance in the 4-0 Old Firm Scottish cup game.
That said, he always came across as a respectful figure and even nabbed himself a goal against Hearts. Martin also joined the club during a period of great upheaval.
I’m sure everyone at Ibrox will wish him the best for the future.