Rangers have made a double signing in the past 24 hours with Scotland Internationals Jason Cummings and Russell Martin joining the Ibrox side on loan for the rest of the season.
Cummings signed for Nottingham Forest in the summer but was not a major part of new boss Aitor Karanka’s plans and has now decided to head north to join the Scottish Premiership side. Speaking to RangersTV after signing, the ex-Hibs forward exclaimed:
“I’m absolutely delighted to come to such a massive club. Once I knew they were interested, there was no question in my mind that I wanted to sign for them. My situation down south meant I wasn’t going to be playing as much, so, I was just wanting to get out there, get game time and get back to enjoying football again. I can’t wait to get started – I have always enjoyed playing against Rangers; hopefully I can enjoy playing on the other side, this time.”
Martin, 32, has also joined Graeme Murty’s side on-loan from Norwich City until the summer.
“I am delighted to be here, to be honest,” explains the former Canaries captain. “It has been in the pipeline for a couple of weeks; finally, thankfully, it has gone through, so, I am really excited to be here. I have worked with the manager a little bit before at Norwich, but, it was really just the opportunity to come and play here in front of this crowd on a regular basis [that attracted me to Rangers].
I saw the work he [Graeme Murty] 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.”
Murty, speaking to his clubs TV channel after the Gers returned from their warm-weather training camp and friendly matches in Florida, said:
“All managers like more, better, players who are going to challenge and push [others] on. You have to have that within your squad: if someone isn’t doing it, for whatever reason – it may just be it isn’t their day – then we have someone itching and chomping at the bit to get in to prove a point. I think that is a really, really, good thing.
We don’t want people playing in fear of their face,” concludes the former Rangers Under-20’s manager. “They should relish the competition to go and prove their worth with every single chance they get. Every single opportunity they have to wear the shirt, they should go and maximise that opportunity as there are good people in the squad that are desperate to take that shirt off of them.”