The Scotland international joined the Ibrox club on-loan until the end of the season during the January transfer window, and his experience and know-how was supposed to bring stability and calmness to the Gers’ leaky backline.
However, things really haven’t gone to plan for Martin since arriving in Glasgow, and yesterday’s Scottish Cup semi-final was a real nadir for the 32-year-old.
He and his fellow centre-back Ross McCrorie badly struggled to contain a rampant Moussa Dembele all afternoon, and Martin’s awful clearance allowed Callum McGregor to score Celtic’s second in a thumping 4-0 win.
Martin is out-of-contract in the close season, and it had been assumed he’d stay on with Rangers for at least one more season – but the odds of him extending his deal now seem pretty remote:
I'd send Russell Martin home before the weekend as well, id send him home even if he was the only fit CB at the club, he's s useless cunt not fit to play for Rangers
— Andy (@iEmpire_Andy) April 16, 2018
Also, if Alves is okay then he has to start on Sunday. He steadied things when he came on yesterday imo and should have started anyway. I don’t care who plays next to him as long as it isn’t Russell Martin.
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) April 16, 2018
Russell Martin is up there as genuinely one of the most pathetic players i have personally ever seen masquerading as a Rangers CB absolutely petrified to go win headers, slow as fuck and no leadership qualities despite his experience send the shite bag back .
— Tony Fleck (@AKA_TonyFleck) April 16, 2018
Another thing with Murty is
See this shit oh he’s great the dressing room great professional and looks after himself shit
Aye right buddy but firstly he has to be able to play fucking football
Aye am talking about Russell Martin what an absolute joke of a player
— RalphRFC (@Ralph_RFC) April 16, 2018
Bilel Mohsni was a better centre back than Russell Martin and that’s not even a joke
— 🤠 (@LockieA55) April 15, 2018
Russell Martin actually makes big Senderos’ Rangers career seem like a relative success. I’d wager he’s been directly responsible for more goals against than any other of our defenders this season, including Hodson.
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) April 16, 2018
Rangers allowed Bates and Wilson to leave our club mid season. Yesterday, Russell Martin was at centre half. Is there anyone at Ibrox planning ahead?
— Cameron EBT Calder (@cccammy1) April 16, 2018
Good Morning to everyone except Russell Martin and @GraemeMurty
— James Bennett (@jamesposteddat) April 16, 2018
Russell Martin should never play another game for us https://t.co/5zWWECEX1l
— GAL (@ANDYGAL19) April 16, 2018
Russell Martin is the on-pitch Caixinha. An absolute fraud. Made a career from hamming up his “professionalism”.
Fuck it pic.twitter.com/H7F4SXbNRf
— ShotasDiscoShoes (@ShotaDiscoShoes) April 16, 2018
Halliday has never been good enough, Windass will never be good enough. Russell Martin should never wear a Rangers shirt again. Dorrans should be ashamed, Kenny Miller should tell his wife to shut the fuck up, I'd be happy if only 2 to 4 of those playing today were here next year
— Steve (@stevenmclean1) April 15, 2018
What do you think of Martin’s performance, and the reaction from fans?