Fans of Nottingham Forest are not happy with ex-Rangers man Joe Worrall after their final day collapse in the English Championship.

Forest suffered a late collapse at home to Stoke City to lose out on a playoff place to Swansea, losing 4-1 when a point would’ve been enough to secure 6th place and a shot at the Premier League.

It was their sixth match in a row without a victory after their season unravelled following the conceding of a late equaliser against rivals Derby at the start of July.

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Joe Worrall has been a stalwart in the defence for Championship Forest for most of the season but high-profile mistakes have cost his side. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Worrall gave away a needless free-kick which was eventually forced over the line in the 98th minute by Derby’s Chris Martin to make it 1-1 and Forest’s season would fall apart from then.

It might not be all that fair – especially considering Worrall played every single Championship minute for Forrest this season – but the club’s frustrated fans are trying to understand how a season which promised so much collapsed so quickly in a few weeks.


Worrall, now 23, had a mixed spell at Rangers back in 18/19 and is, unfortunately, best remembered for a howler against Kilmarnock after the winer break which would sorely cost the Gers.

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The big defender dallied on the ball, was robbed by Eamonn Brophy, Killie would equalise and then Jordan Jones would go on to score a winner as Rangers never recovered.

Similarly to the Derby free-kick, it’s incredibly unfair to pinpoint one singular moment as being the catalyst for a string of poor team performances.

But it’s an incident which will live long in the memory of Gers fans for all the wrong reasons and spoiled what at times was a decent loan-spell from the English centre-half.

Defender Joe Worrall was a polarising figure amongst Rangers fans during a loan spell with the club during the 18/19 season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Strong performances against Celtic and in Europe were highlights of his Gers spell, but similarly to his time in Glasgow, high-profile mistakes appear to be costing him down south too.

That said, there will be no-one more disappointed that things didn’t go to plan for his boyhood team this season than the lifelong Forest fan.

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