Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen has confirmed that Joe Worrall won’t be going back to Ibrox next season, despite a solid loan spell from Nottingham Forest.
The key Rangers figure confirmed the news regarding the central defender’s future on the club’s official website.
Worrall is a product of the Forest youth academy and joined up with Steven Gerrard’s team prior to the 2018/19 campaign. The 22-year-old featured 31 times for the Gers, including four appearances in the Europa League.
Gerrard has spoken of his delight this season at Worrall’s progress but Allen has now seemingly ruled out a return.
He told the Rangers official website: “Joe Worrall will go back and return to Nottingham Forest. There is a focus on making sure we’re robust at the back and I think generally we’re looking at where we think we can strengthen.”
Worrall already has over 50 appearances to his name in a Forest shirt. Under Mark Warburton’s management, he was a regular in the team and he will hope to impress Martin O’Neill sufficiently to win his shirt back.
Being Forest born and bred he will have probably held some disappointment in having to go out on loan in the first instance.
Joining Rangers could have been a blessing though. The European nights and playing in front of big crowds every other week can only be a boost for his confidence.
Forest have Yohan Benalouane, Alex Milosevic, Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo all contracted next season. Worrall will have to work hard to win his place back. It is a fair suggestion, however, that he should be handed a chance to show everyone at the club what he has learned during his time north of the border.