Ibrox sang Buffalo Soldier, but Joe Worrall sang Redemption Song
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Ibrox sang Buffalo Soldier, but Joe Worrall sang Redemption Song

After the Livingston result one player who came in for heavy criticism was Joe Worrall. The on-loan Nottingham Forest centre back was harassed by Dolly Menga on Sunday and looked out of place in the team.

People were calling for his head and Nikola Katic to be restored to the first team.

But fair play to Gerrard, he stuck to his guns. And fair play to Worrall, he proved a lot of doubters wrong.

He was brilliant against Rapid Vienna last night.

Joe Worrall and the rest of the team bounced back from Sunday’s disappointment. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A composed, commanding performance

It was a stellar centre back performance from Worrall. Particularly in the first half, the defender was stealing in in front of the opposition and really did not put a single foot wrong.

Throughout the game he was dominant in the air and won almost every duel. He was physical, vocal and very well organised. It was an impressive performance for someone so young. He’s only 21.

He was also very composed on the ball for such an intense, high pressure match. A few times he galloped out with it into space, even feinting past attackers and making space for the team. It was all done very calmly and he didn’t look like giving it away.

His mopping up at the back and from any long balls was also superb.

Worrall also started Rangers other Europa League match against Villarreal. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Ibrox unforgiving but Worrall stood up

The Ibrox crowd can be very unforgiving at times and before kick-off many fans were sceptical of Worrall’s selection.

After Livingston, any slip up or hesitation would’ve been met with an unenthusiastic groan. This was a real test for him.

But more than be sceptical, the Ibrox crowd love to see work rate, dedication and an eagerness to impress. Worrall took the game by the scruff of the neck and did not hide from the Livi performance. None of the players did.

But individually it was a superb performance by the Englishman.