Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed Joe Worrall has joined the club on loan, as reported by Nottinghamshire Live, with the 21-year-old centre half the Gers’ second-last piece of the jigsaw.
Worrall was the first choice defender that Gerrard really wanted and has agreed a season-long loan after undergoing his Ibrox medical.
If the Rangers boss couldn’t get the 6′ 4″ Nottingham Forest and England youth internationalist, he did consider Gareth McAuley of West Brom, and Tommy Elphick of Aston Villa, the press have suggested.
Gerrard always favoured young Worrall, and signing the City Ground player has really pleased him, who only last week called the defender a ‘fantastic player’.
Rangers’ new signing captained England’s Under 20s squad when they won the Toulon Tournament last year.
It is only in January since Worrall was the subject of a declined £10m bid from Burnley.
Forest recently spent funds to sign Michael Dawson and Michael Hefele, and had four experienced players in Worrall’s path to first team football.
The Midlands club, have agreed to let their protégé go on loan, as long as Rangers pay a fee for his loan-deal, and reach the minimum of contracted game time.
Gerrard contacted Worrall personally to clinch the deal. He wanted to assure him that he will get regular football with Rangers.
The only way he can guarantee Worrall regular games with the Light Blues, is to form a solid Rangers back three plan, so that he can team up with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.
He will be eligible to play against bitter rivals Celtic, but surely this Sunday is too early for the boss to organize a formidable back three formation so soon?
Worrall will never have experienced the downright bitterness that follows this explosive game. It’s always played at breath-taking speed and nothing prepares new Rangers players for it.
The game is often completely overly boisterous, with the vitriolic hatred shown during these massive, Old Firm bloody encounters.