Nottingham Forest legend Des Walker thinks Joe Worrall’s season-long loan with Rangers will put the 22-year-old “in a good stead” after experiencing playing under huge pressure at Ibrox.

The defender has impressed with Steven Gerrard’s side and former England international Walker thinks it has been a “big step” for him going from Forest to Ibrox.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Joe Worrall of Rangers blocks Stevie Mallan's shot during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Worrall is due to return to Forest in the summer and Walker believes it must be “fantastic” for him playing in front of the Rangers fans every week.

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“He is playing for a great club in Rangers and it is an amazing move for a young kid,” Walker told The Herald.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Joe Worrall of Rangers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“It is a big step for him to be playing in front of that amount of fans with that amount of pressure. It puts you in good stead.


“I am pleased for him. I remember watching him as a ten-year-old and he has gone a long way. Playing in front of Rangers fans every week, it must be a fantastic feeling.”


Worrall has made 29 appearances for the Gers this season and has cemented his place in the first-team under Gerrard.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Joe Worrall of Rangers tackles Anthony Ralston of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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After a shaky start, the former England youth international won over his doubters with a series of composed displays and has arguably become the Gers most reliable defender recently.

With a massive clash against Celtic on Sunday, it will be another opportunity for Worrall to show how good he can be.

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