Rangers flop Russell Martin has been going over some interesting details on how his time at the club ended last season.
In an episode of The Longman’s Football World Podcast with Owain Tudur Jones [starts speaking about Rangers about 1hr7mins in] the ex-Norwich man revealed that certain players downed tools, others took umbrage with Graeme Murty, and that his time at Ibrox was marred by a back injury.
Martin claims that whilst there were still problems at the club, things didn’t fall apart until after the 3-2 Old Firm defeat at Ibrox in March last year. Rangers were of course still in the hunt for the title before that match.
From then on, Martin claims “the place had gone”. The defender also claims he played through the pain barrier with a dodgy back whilst others downed tools.
“The lads had gone and people were just waiting until the end of the season,” said Scotland international Martin. “It was a tough place to be the last six weeks.
“I’d killed myself by playing [with a back injury]. There were others who pulled out with all sorts, or who played and were like “all I’m a bit sore” and I thought it’s not the honest thing to do.”
Russell Martin “would still be here” if he played against Celtic
Martin also claimed Rangers would’ve beaten Celtic at Ibrox in the 3-2 game had he been playing that day. And that he’d still be here if he did.
“There was still so much going on that was wrong,” said Martin.” In terms of people like the way they treated the manager and some of the players and stuff and it was difficult.
“And we were thinking, we might get away with this just from energy on the pitch and stuff like that. Still to this day it frustrates the life out of me. We were doing sprints, something I shouldn’t do with my back.
“I thought I’d get away with it, but I didn’t. I twisted and my back seized. I was close to tears, even at my age, an Old Firm derby at Ibrox.
“If I didn’t get that injury I’d still be there now. That Celtic game would’ve ended differently.”
The 33 year old centre half joined Rangers on loan from Norwich in January last year. Originally on a six months loan, Martin didn’t do enough to secure a permanent deal at Ibrox.
He would leave Norwich for Wallsall at the beginning of this season before moving to English League Two with MK Dons earlier in the transfer window.
Something tells me we would’ve made a mistake had we kept Martin on the books any longer…