Joe Worrall was Rangers’ saviour yesterday as his goal forced a Scottish Cup replay against Aberdeen.

The fiery tie wasn’t Rangers best game as an XI, but it was potentially Joe Worrall’s finest in a Rangers shirt. He dug the team out of a hole in Pittodrie.

And if Rangers fans enjoyed it, Joe Worrall himself certainly did too.

The big English defender described scoring his first Rangers goal as an “unreal feeling”. It was a neat finish and showed great technique. Fair play to him, he’s come back very strongly since his Kilmarnock howler.

But that’s what being a young player is all about. Worrall is only 22 and has entered a vociferous, aggressive atmosphere in Scotland.

 

It’s about using this experience at Rangers to develop, and part of that is learning from your mistakes. Gerrard has trusted him since he joined the club and in the big games it has generally bore fruit. In Europe and against the likes of Celtic he’s been superb.

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Worrall learning more about the challenge in Scotland?

But at times, it’s felt like the player has underestimated the challenge and standard of the game here. He’s been shouty, lacking in concentration and carrying over some of that baggage from the English sentiment to the game here, particularly in the smaller games.

It makes sense. He is immensely highly rated at Nottingham Forest and yesterday’s performance gives you an of idea of why.

Joe Worrall has taken his fair share of flack at Ibrox but has settled in very nicely recently. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Forest legend Kenny Burns told local paper the Nottingham Post that Worral is a “future captain” of the club.

He now looks as if he’s really settling into the side here after a run of games. He actually looked the more comfortable of himself and Goldson yesterday. But the duo have been solid together recently.

Prior to yesterday’s match, they hadn’t conceded a goal in five games.

It was great to see Joe grab a goal of his own and the headlines yesterday, as well as the acclaim of supporters.