Joe Worrall spoke to former Rangers manager before signing up

Joe Worrall has stated he made sure to check on Mark Warburton’s views on Rangers before signing up at Ibrox.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest man will spend the season in Glasgow as he looks to get games under his belt. Worrall wasn’t wanted by Aitor Karanka at Forest, and that made him search for a move elsewhere.

The England under-21 captain already knew how big a club Rangers was, but stated that he spoke to Warburton before joining.

Joe Worrall isn’t getting games at Nottingham Forest (Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)


The youngster, who’s been guaranteed games this season by Steven Gerrard, spoke today in the Daily Record about his communication with Warburton.

“I spoke to Davie (Weir) and Mark Warburton before coming here. They had me at Forest and said great things about Rangers, especially Davie who has a special connection with the club.

“Davie didn’t need to tell me about the football up here. I just asked him about the club as a whole.  Everything he said is true. I’ve come from a big club but Rangers is a step up. You look at the training ground and see pictures on the wall of who’s actually played here.

“I already knew about Scottish football and what to expect. I’ve watched plenty of Old Firm games growing up.”

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It wasn’t long ago that Warburton stated how he was still receiving stick for his time at Ibrox. Credit must go to the Englishman, however, as he’s always spoken well of the club since departing.

Warburton’s time at Ibrox came to an unceremonious end when a dispute seen him resign despite the man himself claiming he hadn’t. The contracts of Warburton and Weir were subsequently torn up before they headed to Nottingham Forest.

Worrall appears to remain in close contact with Warburton, and he would’ve done well to tap on him for experience. The managerial duo of Warburton and Wer both had to come through tumultuous times under the cut-throat environment at Ibrox.

Mark Warburton’s reign at Ibrox ended catastrophically (Getty Images)

More concerning for Worrall, however, will be how much game-time he really is going to see this season. The performances of Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson together means that neither can be dropped in the near future.

Despite that, Gerrard has brought the youngster in with a view to playing him regularly. It will be interesting to see which one of Katic or Goldson has to drop out to accommodate the new man in the future.

Chopping and changing the defence is never a smart thing to do at any stage of the season. How Gerrard handles this situation going forward will be extremely intriguing to Gers supporters.

Regardless, Worrall has done his research on the club, and will have a fair idea of what to expect on a weekly basis.

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