Rangers supporters have been very despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team’s slim Scottish Premiership title chances all but vanish courtesy of a 3-2 defeat in the Old Firm derby on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their meeting with leaders Celtic having won each of their previous four league matches, a streak which closed the gap on the Bhoys to just six points prior to kick-off. And while first half strikes from Josh Windass and Daniel Candeias, either side of a Tom Rogic effort, gave the Gers the advantage at Ibrox, Brendan Rodgers’ side responded admirably through Moussa Dembele on the stroke of half time, before Odsonne Edouard bagged the winner midway through the second half to secure all three points for the Bhoys.
Subsequently, there have been many downbeat and disappointed Rangers fans in the Tavern in the last few days, although their mood is likely to be improved by recent comments from manager Murty in his pre-Kilmarnock press conference (via the club’s official Twitter handle), which suggests that Russell Martin is available for selection this weekend.
The 32-year-old made the move to Ibrox during the January transfer window on loan from Championship side Norwich City, and has quickly become an important figure for Murty having started seven successive league games after his arrival.
However, the Scotland international suffered an injury in training last week and as such missed the Old Firm derby on Sunday, yet Murty has admitted that the centre-back is ‘available for the squad’ ahead of their clash with Kilmarnock on Saturday.
GM: Dorrans played 45 minutes in the week, we have to be cautious in our rehab but he is progressing really well. Russell Martin trained today and is available for the squad.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 16, 2018
And given how unconvincing Fabio Cardoso looked coming on for the injured David Bates last time out, this update is sure to come as a very welcome boost to Murty and indeed the club’s supporters, who will be hoping their team can get back to winning ways on Saturday.
Landlord’s verdict: Seven successive Scottish Premiership starts underlined how integral Russell Martin has been to Rangers since his arrival from Norwich City in January, but injury forced him to miss last weekend’s Old Firm defeat to Celtic.
And following news of a bad injury to fellow centre-back David Bates, alongside Fabio Cardoso’s difficult afternoon against the Bhoys last weekend, this injury update is sure to come as welcome news to Rangers fans ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Ibrox.
Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!