Former Rangers loanee Worrall makes outlandish claim after Forest win
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Former Rangers loanee Worrall makes outlandish claim after Forest win

Former Rangers loanee Joe Worrall has made a bizarre claim following a weekend win for Nottingham Forest over Luton Town, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The 22-year-old centre-back spent the 2018/19 campaign at Ibrox and split opinion amongst the fan base.

Joe Worrall picks up a booking against Hibs at Easter Road. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

In the main, his defending was decent and he performed well in several big games, including the Old Firm victory at Ibrox in December.

Yet, he was also guilty of some dreadful errors, with one against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park proving particularly costly.

“I was used to the rain last year and backs-to-the-wall defending is second nature to me,” said Worrall as quoted by the Daily Record, after helping to withstand late pressure to clinch three points at Kenilworth Road. “I thought I was the complete player last season.”

“But then you realise that spending a year away from the demands of the Championship, you might need that time away to look at it like an outsider.

“But I enjoyed my time up there and I’ve come back a much better player. I couldn’t have got a better loan. Now I’m back where I belong, so I’m really happy at the moment.”

Worrall in Championship action against Brentford. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Verdict

This is a bizarre comment from a player who clearly has the talent and physical attributes to be a top defender but still looked very raw for parts of his time at Ibrox.

He may have thought highly of himself when coming up to Scotland, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Gers fan who thought at any point that he was the finished article. Sections of the support criticised him regularly throughout the campaign.

Perhaps reflective of his failure to totally convince whilst in Scotland, his Transfermarkt valuation dropped from £7.2 million in January to £5.4 million by the summer.

The ex-England youth international has re-established himself as a regular since returning to the City Ground, featuring in all 14 of Forest’s league fixtures to date.

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