Russell Martin expects to leave Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 09:23 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 29 April 2018
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Canaries' on-loan defender Russell Martin is preparing to move on from Carrow Road this summer.
Martin looks set to follow his great friend Wes Hoolahan out of the exit door, with the Scottish international feeling there is no way back under Daniel Farke as he approaches the final year of the contract he signed in July 2017.
The experienced defender had planned to complete a permanent move to Rangers, who he joined in January, but that is now up in the air with current boss Graeme Murty expected to be replaced at Ibrox during the close season.
Martin, speaking to the Sunday Post, aims to make the most of his Rangers’ stint - and that means settling a score on Sunday lunchtime with Old Firm rivals Celtic.
The 32-year-old was at fault for one of the goals in a humiliating 4-0 Scottish FA Cup semi-final defeat to the Bhoys earlier this month.
“I might only be here for another two-and-a-half weeks,” he said. “I’d like to come back here and get a full pre-season, but I’ll probably have to go and play my football elsewhere.
“I might not be back here next season so I want to go away with a win at Celtic Park.
“To play in another Old Firm game gives me the chance to atone for the last one and I’m genuinely looking forward to it.
“After the last one at Hampden, we are all quite pleased that it’s coming round this quickly.
“The cup semi-final defeat hurt me a lot. It was a difficult afternoon.
“I made a mistake for the second goal, which was not nice in a game like that.
‘But I’ve got to a point in my career where you reflect, analyse and after a couple of days it has to go. You have to move on and learn from it.
“I haven’t been surprised by the intensity at Rangers.
“The biggest thing here is that you go from being the best team in the world to the worst in 45 minutes.
“The better you do, the easier it becomes.”