Glasgow Rangers are the front runners in the battle to sign Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, ahead of bitter rivals Glasgow Celtic, according to The Express.

Both of the Scottish giants are expected to add new faces to their squads before the end of the transfer window, with central defence and area of concern for the Gers and the Hoops.

Rangers have a new defensive partnership in Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic this season, but the Ibrox outfit are believed to want another centre-half to bolster their options.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is angling for a move away from the club and as such the Bhoys have been linked with plenty of potential replacements.

The latest report suggests Rangers are a step ahead of their rivals in the battle to land Worrall, who Light Blues manager Steven Gerrard recently labelled as a “fantastic player.”

Forest manager Aitor Karanka has given the young player his blessing to make a loan move.

“Joe, if he does not play regular football here, will not play for the England under-21 side,” the former Real Madrid defender said, according to The Scottish Sun.

“You need to play, you need to get that experience so he needs to be playing regular football.”

Rangers and Celtic target Worrall made 31 league appearances for the two-time European champions last season but has not featured in the match day squad since April of this year.

With both Rangers and Celtic expecting to be competing for the title, it may just be a case of the defender moving to where he feels he will fit into the team better and who can boost his development.

The two clubs are back in action on Sunday, although as it stands neither top the table as Heart of Midlothian sit in first place after a historic 1-0 win against the Bhoys on the second match day.

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