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Norwich City loan watch: Martin enjoying life at Rangers despite penalty controversy

Russell Martin, right, battles Ross striker David Ngog. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Russell Martin, right, battles Ross striker David Ngog. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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Despite a late scare at Ross County, Russell Martin is enjoying the early days of his loan spell at Rangers.

The 32-year-old Norwich City defender made his second appearance for the Scottish Premiership side and was left dazed after a David Ngog shot was blasted at him from close range, with a penalty given for handball.

Ngog scored from the spot but the Gers held out for a 2-1 win to move up to reclaim second place in the table.

“I’m loving it, I’m really enjoying it,” Martin told the Rangers website. “It’s an easy group to come into and feel welcome, feel settled, it’s a brilliant football club and I’m enjoying it every day here with the facilities and the training, just enjoying every day.

“The staff are great and we’ve had two good wins, so it’s all going well.”

Elsewhere in Scotland, recent signing Kenny McLean played the full match as Aberdeen won 3-1 at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday, the midfielder seeing a late shot well saved as he returned to the Dons on loan.

Hearts were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Motherwell with Canaries forward Steven Naismith seeing a 25-yard shot well saved before the scorers were troubled, as he played the full 90 minutes.

Over in Germany defender Marcel Franke played all of a 1-0 defeat at Sandhausen in Bundesliga II for Dynamo Dresden.

Back in England, Yanic Wldschut was cup-tied for Cardiff’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris both started Shrewsbury’s 1-0 win at Portsmouth to move up to second in League One, with striker Morris coming off in the 83rd minute.

City keeper Remi Matthews made two important saves as Plymouth won 2-1 at Oldham to move up to 13th and continues their revival under Derek Adams.

In the National League, right-back Louis Ramsay limped off after 25 minutes of Woking’s 1-0 home victory over AFC Fylde after a collision.

Fellow defender Michee Efete played all of Torquay’s creditable 1-1 draw at leaders Macclesfield but Ebou Adams was an unused substitute during Leyton Orient’s 3-2 home defeat to Aldershot.

Elsewhere, in League Two, Diallang Jaiyesimi was an unused substitute for Grimsby and both Adam Philiips and Paul Jones were without a game with Cambridge and Exeter respectively.

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