Rangers want Russell Martin; but is he Celtic's ideal January signing?

Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic looks on during a Celtic press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown Training Ground on December 4,...

Norwich City will sell Russell Martin to Rangers in the January transfer window - though Old Firm rivals Celtic need a centre-back too.

Russel Martin of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Stoke City at Carrow Road on August 22, 2015 in...

Considering that Norwich City are sitting 15th in the Championship having lost 10 of their 24 league games so far this season, you’d think they would not be so quick to bid farewell to their longest serving player and their inspirational captain.

Nonetheless, the Daily Record reports that The Canaries are indeed willing to sell Russell Martin in the January transfer window after seven years of loyal service and over 300 appearances for the club.

Understandably, there is interest in the Scotland international who, at the age of 31, still has a lot to offer. Rangers have made Martin one of their top targets in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Record, and it is understood that he would jump at the chance to reignite his career at Ibrox.

Slovenia's striker Roman Bezjak (R) has an unsuccessful shot as Scotland's Russell Martin closes in during the World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Scotland and Slovenia at...

But Rangers are not the only Old Firm club who could do with an experienced centre-half.

Celtic have made defensive reinforcements their top priority in the January window and despite landing 32-year-old Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig, the BBC reports that manager Brendan Rodgers would like to see another option arrive at Parkhead next month.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

So Martin, who knows much of the Celtic squad from his time with the Scottish national team, should come under consideration with Norwich aiming to find a buyer.

Like Compper, the former Peterborough United man may not be a long-term solution but his leadership qualities and ability to fill in at right-back when required means he would be a valuable addition both on and off the pitch.

And he’d hardly cost an arm and a leg either.

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