Rangers supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side lose 1-0 at home to Kilmarnock last weekend to suffer a second Scottish Premiership defeat on the spin.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their clash with Killy off the back of a 3-2 home loss to Old Firm rivals Celtic the week before, which all but ended their faint title chances. Nonetheless, our resident Gers fans were expecting a response from their side in their bid to seal second place in the table, but the Light Blues were off the pace in Glasgow on Saturday and Steve Clarke’s visitors deservedly secured the victory thanks to Kris Boyd’s strike nine minutes into the second half, thus inflicting a seventh home league loss of the season on Murty’s side.
Thus, there have been many despondent Rangers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can bounce back and return to winning ways when they face Motherwell after the international break.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Gers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent comments from defender Russell Martin in which he opens up about the possibility of remaining at Ibrox beyond the end of his loan spell.
And Rangers must take advantage and make the defender’s move to Ibrox permanent this summer, in what would be one of the best decisions they have made in years.
Ultimately, there’s little doubting that the 32-year-old has made a big difference since his arrival from Norwich City on loan back in January, appearing in eight of their nine Scottish Premiership matches since he joined during the winter window.
He only missed their defeat at home to Celtic due to injury, but the fact that he has otherwise started and indeed finished the other eight matches underlines how highly he is rated by Murty, and with three clean sheets from his spell in the side, Martin is clearly doing something right.
Also, a deal for Martin is much-needed this summer given the doubts surrounding David Bates’ future, what with the centre-back out of contract come the end of the campaign, and talks having reportedly ‘stalled’ over an extension.
The two have struck up a decent partnership at the heart of the Rangers backline in recent weeks to consign the likes of Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves to the substitute’s bench, much to the delight of many of our resident Light Blues supporters.
And it is the sort of partnership upon which success is built, but with Bates’ departure becoming increasingly likely by the day, the Gers simply cannot afford to miss out on Martin this summer, as doing so would leave them very short at the back.
And if they want to start bridging the gap to Celtic next season, they simply have to retain their most influential and experienced players – Martin fits both categories.
So while some Rangers fans remain sceptical about his abilities, the fact he has started all but once since his arrival in the league underlines how significant he is to this Rangers team, which is why making his move permanent would be one of the best decisions the club has made in years.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!