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Martin attracted by Rangers 'stature' as Scotland defender arrives on loan

Russell Martin says that he immediately wanted to join Rangers once he learned of the club's interest.

The Scotland international had long been rumoured to be set for a switch to Glasgow and is now is Glasgow for a medical ahead of a loan move from Norwich.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here," he said.

“There’s still a bit to do but let’s get it done today. There’s been interest from a lot of clubs – Championship down in England.

“But as soon as I knew Rangers were interested a couple of weeks ago I said to my agent from the off this was the one I wanted.

“The attraction is pretty obvious really – the size of the club and the position it’s in.

“But it’s just the pull of Rangers as a football club. The stature of the club, the size of it, the facilities, the stadium and the fan base."

Martin has started only four Championship matches for Norwich this season, none since August and as a result, has lost his place in the international squad - something he hopes will be put right with his move to Ibrox.

“Another one of the attractions is getting back into the Scotland jersey," he continued.

“I played for a long time but unfortunately I’ve not been in the team for the last few games.

“It was a massive attraction to come up here and hopefully play some football and get back into the international frame with a new manager on the horizon.”

Martin is due to link up with Graeme Murty, who he knows from Murty's days as a youth coach at Martin's club Norwich.

Martin said: “The manager was at Norwich City when I was there and, while we didn’t work too closely, I got on well with him and respected him a lot.

“He’s a good person and he’s starting to do a really good job so hopefully I can come and help him a bit.

“I’ll hopefully get the medical done, chat with the manager and everyone else, get introduced to a few people and get started.”

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