Scotland defender Russell Martin admits he feels in better condition after turning vegan



Scotland defender Russell Martin insists he is feeling fitter than ever after turning vegan.

The Norwich City captain – named in Gordon Strachan’s squad for next Thursday’s clash in the Czech Republic – initially looked into changing his eating habits for health reasons.

Martin has ulcerative colitis – the condition that threatened to cut short the career of fellow Scotland internationalist Darren Fletcher – but the 30-year-old admits he has been free of any symptoms since changing his diet around six months ago.

russellmartinMartin, who has 22 caps, said: “It all started down to health and performance. Initially I did a lot of research into it for health reasons.

“I have a condition called ulcerative colitis.

“I had stopped taking my medication for it and turned to alternative Chinese therapy. And now, along with not eating any animal products, I have not had any flare ups since.”

Speaking to, Martin added: “I have managed to maintain and gain slight improvements in everything in terms of jumping, speed and agility.

“I recover quicker after games now and feel good. I can’t think of one negative thing on my game.”