Former Rangers loanee Joe Worrall has told Seat Pitch that he believes the Old Firm derby is ‘by far’ the biggest rivalry in world football.

The 22-year-old spent the 2018/19 campaign at Ibrox, before returning to parent club Nottingham Forest in the summer.

Worrall in action for Forest against Brentford last month. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Born and bred in Nottinghamshire, he says the upcoming clash against Derby County will mean more to him, but that the Glasgow derby is on another level to its East Midlands equivalent.

“The Old Firm was fantastic,” Worrall told Seat Pitch. “I’m sure other players who have played in an Old Firm derby will say it too, but it’s by far the biggest derby fixture in world football.”

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“Playing in front of 50,000 or so people and everything that goes with it is just fantastic and walking out onto the pitch at Ibrox was something that I’ll never forget.

 

“Saying that, for me on a personal level coming here and playing in front of 30,000 at the City Ground for the club that I love and I’ve grown up with is a little bit more special for me.”

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Worrall slides in to nick the ball away from Kristoffer Ajer. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Verdict

Worrall had a mixed spell in Glasgow, over the course of which he committed several serious errors.

However, one of his best displays in Light Blue came in the landmark December Old Firm win at Ibrox. He was rock solid that day, showing why he is so highly rated and earning the acclaim of the fans.

He recently made some bizarre comments about being the ‘complete player’ last year [Daily Record], but these latest quotes show plenty of respect for the Old Firm and by extension, for Rangers.

Since returning to Forest, Worrall has become an integral part of Sabri Lamouchi’s XI, playing every minute in the Championship so far [Transfermarkt].

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