Martin O’Neill is set to be unveiled as the new manager of Nottingham Forest, which will have many Rangers fans wondering about the future of Joe Worrall.
We discussed last week the fears surrounding Worrall after Aitor Karanka left Forest by mutual consent. There are probably few worse appointments than O’Neill from a Rangers Worrall perspective.

Martin O’Neill is a Nottingham Forest legend who played with the club from 1971-81. (Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images)
O’Neill, a European Cup winning legend with Forest, is also an ex-Celtic boss. Not only that, but he remains close to the club. By taking a now settled Worrall from Rangers for the second half of the season, he certainly hands Celtic an advantage.
But more than that, he hands his own side one too. The England U21 international is highly rated at the City Ground and has certainly improved under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage.

Joe Worrall could be an asset for Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill might walk into the City Ground, and on purely footballing reasons alone, decide Nottingham Forest need their hot prospect back. He also suits the combative style of football O’Neill tends to play.

Worrall, who has 17 appearances for Rangers this year, was very impressive in Decmber’s Old Firm win. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
And it’d certainly be Rangers loss. We now have four settled centre backs who each bring different qualities to the side. Going into the second half of the season, we should now see a greater level of consistency from all four.
If Worrall goes back to Forest, he’ll also need replaced. That takes money and in January – especially when clubs know that you need a player – prices can be extremely inflated.

There are also rumours of a no recall clause in Worrall’s loan agreement. This was echoed by club insider Four Lads Had a Dream, even if it was a little unconvincing.

Do you think Martin O’Neill will take Joe Worrall back to Nottingham Forest in this window?
And if he does, who should Rangers get in to replace him?

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