Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill has admitted he would have brought Joe Worrall back to the City Ground last month if he could – and Rangers fans will likely enjoy hearing their club threw a spanner in the former Celtic manager’s plans.

Worrall joined the Light Blues on loan last summer – before O’Neill took charge at Forest – and had to play a certain number of games to remain at Ibrox all season.

Nottingham Forest Manager Martin ONeill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews, Birmingham on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

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After crashing through that number, Worrall’s loan was confirmed until the summer.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, O’Neill admitted there was “no way back” for Forest in the transfer window.

“He is doing well there, which is good. I think that whatever arrangement was made, he ended up playing the required number of games for Rangers to keep him at the club,” said O’Neill.

“Otherwise he would have been here and there is a fairly decent chance he would have been playing for us.

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“I wasn’t around at the time and I can understand how these arrangements are made. But there was no way back for us, in that aspect.

 

“So, listen, we will get on with it. I think he would have been around the scene now, in this moment.”

The 22-year-old has made 22 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side and has kept fan favourite Niko Katic out the side.

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After struggling initially, Worrall has since found his form and is looking much more assured in the Gers’ defence.

Although it seems unlikely he’ll remain at Ibrox beyond the summer, Worrall will have a huge role to play in the final weeks of the season.

Going back to Forest with a league winner’s medal might not win him many friends in the management team there.