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Bragging rights on the line for Norwich City’s Russell Martin in Euro mission

07:02 14 November 2014

Norwich captain and Scottish international Russell Martin is on a mission for club and country against the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Norwich captain and Scottish international Russell Martin is on a mission for club and country against the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

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Norwich City’s Scottish international Russell Martin wants the bragging rights inside the Canaries’ dressing room as badly as a Euro 2016 qualifying win on Friday night against the Republic of Ireland.

Martin and club-mate Steven Whittaker are expected to be in the Scots’ line-up, but Wes Hoolahan’s ankle injury has robbed the pair of a potential showdown at Celtic Park.

The City captain admitted there is plenty riding on the outcome when he returns to Norfolk at the end of the international break.

“The banter has been going on for a couple of months already, ever since the draw really,” said Martin. “It would have been a great game for us all to be involved in, but there has been plenty of banter with Wes. It will be a massive occasion at Celtic Park, where both managers have managed Celtic as well. Ireland will bring their fair share of fans so it is one I am really looking forward to.

“Our manager has already said he thinks the group will go to the wire and I think he is right. It won’t be decided until the last game or maybe the one before.”

Martin is poised to earn his 15th cap for the Tartan Army after emerging as a first-choice centre back under Gordon Strachan.

“There’s been a huge change since he’s come in,” he said. “We’ve had really positive results and we felt we were really unfortunate not to come away with a point in Germany in the first game. He’s been getting performances from us in every match and it’s been great to be a part of. We can definitely qualify, but we’re going to have to make sure we’re at it and that we keep our level of performance up. If we do, I think we have a great chance of being there or thereabouts come the end of it.”

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10 comments

  • I know MB you are to bambi what baguio is to Grabs but have you considered that if our Scots superstars keep playing blinders for Strachan in the positions he prefers, maybe they are in fact best in those positions, it's just that Scotland's manager is better than ours. Or am I skating on thin ice?

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Sharky, that's our preferred position, occasionally we are forced to play on the wrong side.

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    cutty

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • The MOG,s sitting on the fence. Blimey!!!!

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    sharky

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • That was a bit ungenerous of me I admit. There is much to admire about Cafu - off the pitch as well. A more polite and articulate footballer would be hard to find.

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    el dingo

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • As one of cutty`s Vice-MOGs, I fear that Bambi and Cafu will be played in Strachan`s preferred positions and have absolute blinders. Neil will then feel obliged to do a `Me Too` and revert to playing them out of position. Unfortunately, the ROI are badly weakened by injuries; McCarthy, Whelan, Doyle and Hoolahan all out. So the Dodgy Duo may have an easy ride.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • As a fully paid up member of the MOGs I am sworn never to look on the bright side. However nmtd I do admire your enthusiasm and I do like the occasional walk on the wild side. So I will say that this international break is an opportunity for players to show that given the right approach they can give a sound performance.

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    cutty

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Oh dear, just me then looking on the brightside of life? Couldn't this be just the tonic for 2 players under scrutiny to get the, er, baboon off their backs of recent performances? ;-)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Under normal circumstances I would agree with NMTD but as things stand I couldn't give a baboon's ...

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    el dingo

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Looking forward to what should be a great game tonight, a white hot atmosphere at Celtic Park. Hope Russ and Whitts have decent performances ............ a welcome distraction no doubt from club affairs. Shame no Wes, but I predict a goal fest

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Scotland better hope that RM and SW don't bring their recent club form to the international stage......

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    scutty of the yard

    Friday, November 14, 2014

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