Joe Worrall has struggled for consistent game time since arriving at Ibrox in January. And his comments in the media might have hampered his chances of game time even further.

The Nottingham Forest loanee has been in and out of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side, with many fans preferring Nikola Katic alongside mainstay Connor Goldson. Loan stars like Ryan Kent have impressed in the first half of the season, but Worrall has been underwhelming so far.

He hasn’t done his chances much good either, discussing his disappointment at not being able to turn out for Forest. It goes without saying that loan players are here to impress their parent clubs, but Worrall only seems interested in playing for Forest, with no long-term future at Rangers in sight.

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Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “There was a spell last year I thought I was playing really well and then not long after that there was the whole thing in the transfer window with Burnley.

“That is how quick football changes. You go from turning down bids to going on loan in the summer. But I have not changed at all as a player. If anything I have got better.

“If you overcome setbacks it makes you stronger as a person. I am just trying to get as many games under my belt before I go back to Forest in the summer.

Joe Worrall has been inconsistent for Rangers since arriving in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I love playing at Forest – it is my home and it is all I have wanted since a kid. So it was a sucker punch to leave, even though it is a loan, but coming to Rangers is unbelievable.”

Joe Worrall comments won’t worry Gerrard

Would Rangers miss Worrall if he departed at the end of the season? Rangers have permanent defenders in Katic and Goldson, who both look more comfortable than the Forest loanee. You could even make a case that youngster Ross McCrorie is on par with Worrall.

The centre-half clearly doesn’t see himself at Rangers for the long haul. Gerrard is trying to build a squad that is going to make progress in the long term, so it’s difficult to see where Worrall fits into this set-up.

Rangers need long-term commitment for Gerrard’s plans to work. The Liverpool legend should be looking for a replacement centre back if Worrall has his sights on the exit door already.

Steven Gerrard has often called upon Goldson and Katic ahead of the Forest loanee. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have plenty of loan stars that they could lose at the end of the season.

Players like Ovie Ejaria leaving would have an impact on the squad. It’s hard to say the same about Worrall.

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