Report: Rangers eye Norwich City skipper Russell Martin, would jump at Ibrox move

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Championship outfit Norwich City have told long-serving centre-back Russell Martin he can leave and Scottish Premiership giants Rangers are keen.

Dieumerci Mbokani (L) of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mate Russel Martin (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and...

Rangers have been heavily linked with a move to bring Steven Naismith back to Ibrox from Norwich City in recent times but it’s another Scotland international who could be set to swap Anglia for Glasgow in the January transfer window.

The Daily Record reports on Friday that experienced centre-back Russell Martin has been told he can leave Norwich after finding himself out of favour under manager Daniel Farke. The 31-year-old hasn’t made a league appearance since the 4-0 thrashing at Millwall at the end of August.

And it is understood that Rangers’ manager Graeme Murty, who previously worked at Norwich as an academy coach, has been alerted to Martin’s availability.

Rajiv Van La Parra of Huddersfield is tackled by Russell Martin of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Norwich City at Galpharm Stadium on April 5,...

The defender, too, would be open to a return to his homeland, the Daily Record adding that Martin would jump at the chance to sign for one of Scotland’s biggest clubs.

It is unknown how much Rangers would have to pay but, considering his age and the fact he is clearly not in The Canaries’ first-team plans, the Glasgow giants will be hopeful of landing Martin on a cut-price deal.

Russell Martin of Norwich City(L) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 1, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The 29-cap Scot has spent the last seven years at Carrow Road after arriving from Peterborough United in 2010. In that time, he has made 308 appearances in all competitions and also spent four years in the Premier League, never looking out of place in England’s top flight.

And at 31, Martin still has a lot to offer and the long-serving skipper could have a new lease of life at Rangers.

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