Glasgow Rangers have been boosted in their hopes of holding on to defender Joe Worrall in January, with Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka claiming he will only recall him as a last resort.

The Championship side currently have a bit of a defensive crisis on their hands at the present time, but despite that their boss has confirmed that recalling the 21-year-old is not currently in his plans.

That is a huge boost for all concerned at Rangers, because not only is the defender getting plenty of game time, but he is enjoying his football, gaining experience all the time, and slowly becoming a vital part of the side.

Worrall has featured on 12 occasions for the Gers in this loan spell so far. Four of those appearances have come in the Europa League, including the recent 0-0 draw with Villareal.

His form has been that impressive, that Rangers fans watching from afar are getting more and more concerned that he will be recalled by the second tier club, but despite the absences he is suffering, Karanka ensures that will not be the case.

“I think we need to be calm. It is normal to speak about Joe in this situation, because we do not have many (available) central defenders,” the Nottingham Post quote him as saying.

“There are clauses in his contract.

“But he is playing, he is happy and his manager is happy with him. Let’s see what happens in the following weeks.

“The reason we sent him on loan was to make sure he is playing football, to make sure he is fit and ready to build confidence, in a tough league in Scotland.”

That will be music to the ears of the Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, who will be formulating his own plans to strengthen his squad in January, and who will be wanting Worrall to remain a part of those ideas.


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