Joe Worrall saw the curtain come down on his season-long loan at Rangers on Sunday, with the defender now set to return to Nottingham Forest.
The 22-year-old spent the entire 2018/19 campaign with Steven Gerrard’s team and become a focal point of the club’s defence.
Hucknall-born Worrall built up a strong rapport with the experienced Connor Goldson throughout the campaign, earning rave reviews from his boss along the way.
His time at Ibrox wasn’t perfect by any means. It was a decent learning curve for the youngster, however, and he will hope to use the experience to earn another shot with Forest.
Worrall certainly seems to have the respect of his team-mates at Rangers. The central defender commented on an Instagram post by Gers midfielder Ross McCrorie, which read:
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McCrorie instigates that Worrall will be missed at Ibrox, whilst the Forest man confirms a new-found affection towards Rangers by responding with, ‘it’s been a pleasure’ and stating his intention to attend a game next season:
Looking to the future
Supporters can be fickle. Footballers can go from hero to zero in the time it takes to misplace one pass. The fact that Worrall has earned praise from his team-mates, and his manager, during his time at Rangers should please Forest supporters more.
The challenge for the academy graduate now is to pin down a regular spot in Martin O’Neill’s team. The confidence gained from a successful season in the team at Rangers will do him the world of good.
Worrall will add more competition to a healthy-looking defensive department. He will compete with Alex Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane, Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Hefele for a place in the team next season.