RUSSELL MARTIN admits he turned down English competition to sign for Rangers because of the lure of Ibrox and playing under Graeme Murty.

The 32-year-old knows the Gers gaffer from his time at Norwich City, where he has signed on loan from until the end of the season, and says he wanted to work with “good” people like Murty.

The defender learnt form the former Canaries youth coach and now wants to help his old tutor out by becoming mentor to the manager’s young side.

Speaking to RangersTV Martin smiled: “I am delighted to be here to be honest, it has been in the pipeline for a couple of weeks but not knowing whether it is going to happen or not.

“Finally, thankfully, it has gone through so I am really excited to be here. I spoke to my agent from the off and it was the one I really wanted to happen, there were offers from the Championship in England as well so I am pleased to get it done.

“I picked Rangers because of the size of the football club, I think everything it is about, the tradition, the history and the position it is in at the minute and obviously the manager as well.

“I have worked with the manager a little bit before at Norwich but it is just really the opportunity to come and play here in front of this crowd on a regular basis.

“The facilities are amazing and everything about it is huge, it is a huge football club and at this stage in my career to come here really excites me, it is a challenge as well. I hope I can come in and help them, help the manager and keep on progressing.

“I saw the work he did with the youth team at Norwich, he is a really really good coach and he has done a good job here in the short time he has been in charge.

“You want to work with good people and the manager’s a good person, I will be here to help him as much as possible, on and off the pitch, help drive things for him. Hopefully we will both be happy come the end of the season.

“I saw him a lot because I have been doing my coaching badges so I used to watch quite a few of his sessions and I took his squad on occasions as well.

“Also speaking to the other coaches down there as well when this was a possibility, a lot of people have been asking me about it and I am still in touch with a few of them.

“Just from speaking to people they all thought he was a really top coach which is why he got the job here in the first place doing what he is doing and why he has been asked to manage to the football club.”

After eight years with Norwich Martin now wants to move to Glasgow to become someone to look up to and nurture the Light Blues squad.

He continued: “One hundred percent I want to be a role model, I have been captain of every club I have played at at some point.

“I pride myself on professionalism, it has got me as far as it has in my career so if that is one of the reasons the manager wants me here, and we spoke about it this morning.

“One of the reasons he has brought me here is to improve things off the pitch for sure in terms of standards and professionalism – that is one thing you will always get from me.

“I look forward to taking that role on, we have some really good young players here and lads who have been playing recently and doing really well so if I can help them in any way possible to be better for this football club in the future then it is a job well done.”

Watch an interview with Russell Martin on RangersTV HERE.

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