NORWICH City defender Russell Martin would consider a loan move to Rangers during the second half of the season.

But the Ibrox club have so far made no contact with the Carrow Road outfit about taking the Scotland centre half until the end of the campaign. 

Martin has only played seven games for Daniel Farke’s side in the English Championship this term and last featured back in August. 

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The player, who turns 32 tomorrow, has been told he will not be involved going forward and is free to find another club.

He watched Norwich’s 2-1 Championship victory over Millwall at Carrow Road on New Year’s Day from the stand. 

Graeme Murty knows Martin from the time that he spent at the East Anglia club as a young coach before joining Rangers. 

He looks set to be without Bruno Alves for some time after he limped off in the Old Firm game on Saturday after suffering an injury. 

The 94 time-capped Portuguese defender left Parkhead on crutches after the 0-0 draw and Murty confirmed he was experiencing pain in his calf and ankle.

Alves posted a photograph of himself on Instagram yesterday wearing a leg brace.

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The 36-year-old praised the “quality service” he had been receiving from staff at the Hospital Senhor Do Bonfim in his homeland.

The former Porto player has spent two spells out of action, both lasting around a month, with calf and back problems since arriving in Scotland during the summer.

Rangers fly out to the United States this weekend for warm-weather training and it appears unlikely Alves will be with the party. 

Herald Sport understands that Martin, who has played 29 times for his adopted homeland, would consider a move to Ibrox, but no official approach has yet been made. 

Rangers will play their next competitive game against Highland League side Fraserburgh in the William Hill Scottish Cup on January 21.