An update has emerged on Rangers managerial target Russell Martin, regarding his thoughts on a possible move to Ibrox.
According to The Athletic journalist Stuart James, the former Norwich and Gers player is ‘committed’ to his work in Wales with Swansea in the Championship.
He Tweeted: “Any interest in Russell Martin not surprising. But it’s understood that he’s totally committed to the work that he’s started at Swansea.”
This update will surely leave Rangers fans feeling gutted as Martin could have been a shrewd appointment by Ross Wilson, given the work he has done with Swansea this season and his time with MK Dons before that.
He is in the early stages of his managerial career, much like Gerrard was, and has shown some promising signs as a budding coach.
As James claims that Martin is committed to his work at Swansea, he is also committed to his style of play and footballing values.
Whilst at MK Dons, the retired Scotland international made it clear that he was not going to give up on his attempts to play progressive football by building out from the back. He said:
“I’m all in on it. The players want to play like that. If you want football like we played in the first half against Rotherham, then we’ll have to keep working on that.
“We’re not going to have it all one-way, but with the quality of the goalkeeper we’ve got, I believe we can play that way. Now we have to put a performance together where we dominate the majority of the game, and that will come.”
He added to that earlier this year after joining Swansea, saying:
“We’re not stupid. We know we need to win matches and we’re not here just to put a team that looks good out on the pitch,” he says.
“We want a team that’s able to win, but we’re not going to compromise on stuff that’s important to us.”
This shows that the young head coach clearly wants to play attractive football and put out a team to excite fans, whilst also being capable of winning matches.
Therefore, he is not a manager who would come in and park the bus or play an attritional style of football that could bore supporters and leave them heading to Ibrox each week without any excitement to look forward to.
That is why fans will be gutted by this update on Martin as his progressive system is now unlikely to be in place at Rangers any time soon, with this claim seemingly ruling him out of the running for the job.
Hopefully, Rangers will be able to lure another manager who is similar to the Scot in terms of the footballing principles he holds in the way he wants his team to play on the pitch.