Two-time European Cup winner Kenny Burns has told the Nottingham Post that he would have on-loan Rangers defender Joe Worrall back at Nottingham Forest ‘in a heartbeat’ and called him a future captain of the Championship side.

Worrall joined Rangers on loan last summer from Forest and has really grown into his role in the first-team at Ibrox.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Former Nottingham Forest players Trevor Francis, Garry Birtles, Viv Anderson, Larry Lloyd, John Robertson, Kenny Burns, Ian Bowyer, John McGovern, Frank Clark, Colin Barrett, Peter Shilton, Archie Gemmill, John O'Hare, Tony Woodcock, John Robertson and David Needham from the1977-79 pose for a group photograph ahead of the screening of I Believe in Miracles at City Ground on October 11, 2015 in Nottingham, England.

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After originally struggling to make his mark, Worrall has looked a much better player since December’s Old Firm win – barring a mistake at Kilmarnock.

Burns thinks Forest should tell Rangers “where to go” if they try to buy Worrall this summer.

“We’ve sold plenty of our best players in the past, I’d like to see us keep Worrall,” Burns said.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Joe Worrall of Rangers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“I’ve said all along, Joe Worrall is a future Nottingham Forest captain.


“If Rangers do want to buy him in the summer, I’d be telling them where to go. I’d have him back at the club in a heartbeat.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Joe Worrall of Rangers tackles Anthony Ralston of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (

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Worrall has made 22 appearances for Gerrard’s side this season and has kept Nikola Katic out of the starting XI.

A permanent move seems unlikely though and a return to Forest was always on the cards.

With the inflated prices for average Championship players then a move for Worrall would be prohibitively expensive.

Burns will likely get to see a lot more of Worrall next season – hopefully with a league winner’s medal safely tucked away.

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