ASK Russell Martin how he feels about signing for Rangers and his answer is simple “I think we will both have a good time.”
The defender last played in August for Norwich City and is hoping his “huge” loan switch to Ibrox can kick start a storming end to the season for both himself and the Gers.
Martin admits pulling on the famous blue jersey for the first time will fill him with pride after citing Ibrox as one of the best atmospheres he’s ever experienced.
Speaking to RangersTV Martin said: “I don’t think you can predict anything in football, I think if you had asked me at the start of this season if I would be sitting here now I would have said it was a million miles away from my thoughts but this is huge.
“I understand what an opportunity it is for me and hopefully I will come in and show what I can bring to the football club on and off the pitch. Hopefully it will beneficial for both parties and I think we will both have a good time.
“I need to get back playing football, it has been a while but I think I will bring what I bring – I try and organise, try and talk or try and help people through the game.
“I want to help us defensively and help make us better, as simple as that. I want to keep playing, I am a defender who likes to have the ball, who likes to start attacks and I like to pass the ball. Hopefully people get to see a bit of that.
“It is about getting up here, getting in the door training, working hard like the rest of the guys and I think what has been happening in the last few days has added competition and the trip they have had to Florida has put them in really good spirits.
“Everyone is realising how competitive it is going to be, me included so I am just desperate to work hard, get into the team, start playing and put the blue jersey on, especially here at Ibrox.
“It will be a source of immense for me and the family so I am looking forward to it but you have to earn the right to play, it is as simple as that.”
Martin has played at Rangers’ Glasgow home once before, in one of his 29 caps for Scotland and cannot wait to get going in front of 50,000 every other week.
He smiled: “I’ve said before Ibrox is one of the best atmospheres I have played in when we played here against Georgia for Scotland. It was fantastic and a really good experience, I am really looking forward to it.
“I was speaking to Graham Dorrans, I obviously played with him at Norwich, and he has told me how big it is. He has supported Rangers all his life and people like Steven Naismith have told me how big it is.
“The Old Firm is one I am looking forward to, you grow up watching those games, regardless of where you are from, it is of huge interest to everyone.
“Hopefully I will get myself in the team by then and be playing and can look forward to it.”