Joe Worrall’s chances of starting in the Old Firm game have just increased tenfold.
The Englishman has appeared on 16 occasions for Rangers this season. In only a couple of them at most has he looked anywhere near convincing.
Fans continued to vent their anger at him in the 1-1 draw with Hibernian yesterday. He put in another below-par display, and Rangers suffered for it as a late Darren McGregor header sealed a point for the Easter Road side.
The biggest blow of the night, however, was seeing centre-back Connor Goldson head off for Nikola Katic. It was a nice surprise for Rangers fans to see Katic returning to the fold. His Rangers career had looked like it was stalling, but he was entrusted by Steven Gerrard to put in a shift.
Yet, whilst nobody knows who Goldson will be replaced by if he doesn’t make it, one thing now seems certain – Worrall is definitely going to start on Saturday.
Injury doubts have opened the Old Firm door for Worrall
Gareth McAuley is also struggling to make the contest. Both and and Goldson can now be considered as big doubts for the visit of Celtic. It’s also worth questioning for Gerrard as to whether he would even want a half-fit Goldson or McAuley in ahead of Worrall.
The Rangers manager has sang the praises of the on-loan Nottingham Forest man previously. Gerrard has urged everyone to remember how young Worrall is, and that he believes he’s doing very well.
Supporters, however, have had a different opinion of the Englishman soince he was thrown into the side back in September at Villarreal.
Despite his consistent game-time over the last couple of months, many would’ve hoped he was nowhere near Saturday. The truth is, he probably wouldn’t have been had Goldson and McAuley been fit and firing.
If one was out, then Worrall would’ve had a real chance. If both are, however, then he’s a guaranteed starter.
It’s the scenario many Rangers fans would liked to have avoided. Unfortunately, however, it looks a certainty that Worrall will be tasked with keeping Rangers’ rivals out this weekend.