The Katic v Worrall debate is one that’s being had by Rangers fans at games, in pubs and in homes around the country.
Nikola Katic was solid for Rangers in the opening part of the season. The young Croat hardly put a foot wrong in the 14 games before Worrall joined. Since he has, Katic has only played one game.
And it was in the league cup against Ayr United alongside Worrall.
Worrall came in for some scrutiny after the Livingston result. Many wanted Gerrard to reinstate Katic. But in the two games since then, Joe Worrall has looked every inch the prospect he was touted as.
It’s a difficult dilemma for Gerrard. But one he’d rather have than not.
Katic v Worrall good for squad
When Gerrard took over he said he wanted to get strength in depth. To have competition in every position. To make the team work for their place.
He’s getting that at centre back.
Both Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall are young, hungry talents who want to prove themselves.
Whilst Nikola Katic seems to have picked up an injury, Worrall will get the nod. But when Katic returns, expect them to battle for that place beside Connor Goldson all season.
Keeping them on their toes will mean that Gerrard has reliable options during a busy schedule.
Worrall has the edge
Many fans want Katic to get the nod purely on the fact Worrall is a loanee. By playing Katic, we’re developing our own talents. It makes sense.
However, with a title challenge to mount, it’s important we’re in the best position possible on the pitch. If that means including Worrall as a starter then so be it.
But don’t expect Katic to give up so easily when he returns.
The Croatian is hungry to make his mark this team.