Joe Worrall, the 21-year-old centre-back on a year-long-loan-deal from Nottingham Forest to Glasgow Rangers, has already appeared in 12 games for the Ibrox club since moving from the Midlands to ply his trade in Scotland, and is getting first-team football.

Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley has certainly made a bigger impact than Worrall since returning from injury, but at 37 he won’t be able to play in every Rangers game. 

Steven Gerrard’s rotation system will probably continue throughout the season, and it’s up to the boss to find the best combination of centre halves to use more regularly.

England youth starlet Worrall has performed fairly well for Rangers this season and has been given the nod ahead of 21-year-old Nikola Katic from Croatia in recent matches.

Much to the disgust of the fervent ‘Gers fans, Worrall made it abundantly clear that he sees his long-term future at Nottingham and not Glasgow.

He has admitted using Rangers as a stepping stone to earn a first-team place next season at the City Ground, and is ruling out any chance of a permanent move to Ibrox.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is reportedly looking at the possibility of taking Worrall back in January, after Michael Dawson picked up a recent injury.

Gerrard doesn’t want to lose him due to Rangers fighting their Old Firm bitter rivals Celtic for the title and cup games this season.

The boss doesn’t have to give Worrall permission to leave, if there is no recall clause in his contract, Forest won’t get him.

The young Englishman has been picked regularly under Gerrard, with the four centre-backs, Worrall, Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson and McAuley, all being rotated fairly heavily this season.


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