Should Joe Worrall leave in January to go back to Nottingham Forest, the perfect replacement is available in Craig Halkett.

The Livingston stopper is only on a one-year contract with Livi at the moment, and has had a startling season. Much has been made of the performances of ex-Ranger Liam Kelly, but Halkett has been a key figure as the West Lothian side have racked up 11 clean sheet so far this season.

Halkett, as many may not know, was also part of the Gers set-up. Back in 2012, the centre-back was in the youth academy at just 17-years of age. Unfortunately, he had to leave in 2016 in order to get himself some regular football. The move he made? Livingston, after a successful loan spell there.

Craig Halkett has been at Livingston for nearly three years now (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Now, however, it could very well be time to bring him back to Ibrox for a proper shot at glory. Halkett could be picked up for a minimal fee in January, with Livingston not a club capable of demanding heavy prices.

 

In recent times, Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka said he could look to bring Joe Worrall back down the road in January. That would hardly be a disaster for Rangers, with better options available.

A perfect replacement

Halkett, however, looks like the perfect replacement after the growth in maturity he’s developed in recent years. He’s total no-nonsense, and is as aggressive as you would like in the challenge.

He’s been part of a sensational back three for Livi this season that’s involved Alan Lithgow and Declan Gallagher. Halkett, however, has been the standout with his leadership. He’s the club captain too despite only being at the club permanently for over two years.

Joe Worrall could be heading back to Nottingham Forest in January (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Considering his young age, he would be the perfect replacement for young Worrall, who’s looked far from convincing this season. With Gareth McAuley and Connor Goldson taking the centre-back spots this season, Halkett would be perfect cover. He would also learn a lot from the current pairing too given their experience.

A solid centre-back with Premiership experience and a terrific clean-sheet record under his belt. Added to that, he would only cost a minimal amount. Halkett fits the bill in more ways than one, and deserves another chance at Ibrox.