Joe Worrall’s performances have come under plenty of stick since he joined from Nottingham Forest. Steven Gerrard, however, doesn’t agree.
The Englishman arrived with a big reputation from Nottingham Forest on-loan. The season-long loan deal was supposed to provide Rangers with quality cover at the back.
Instead, Worrall has been in and out of the team a lot more than many would’ve believed. The early partnership of Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson has been broken up, and the Rangers manager is still looking for a consistent back-line as it continues to be tweaked.
Worrall has been widely acknowledged as the worst performer of the four centre-backs at the club. At his press conference, however, Gerrard claimed that the loan star was doing extremely well at Ibrox.
“Joe’s come in on loan and been really well.
“He’s put in some really good performances in big games, but he’s still young as well. You forget Joe is still 20, 21 as well.
“There’s no better centre-back for him to learn from than Gareth McAuley.”
No signs of Worrall dropping out
Large sections of the Rangers fanbase want Worrall dropped. Judging by these comments by the Rangers manager, however, that won’t be happening anytime soon.
Ahead of a huge clash against Hibernian at Easter Road tonight, Gerrard has already hinted at Gareth McAuley being rested. That would likely mean yet another recall for Worrall, who’s already featured on 13 occasions for Rangers this season.
There is also the option of Nikola Katic, but he’s almost been frozen out entirely at Ibrox. He most recently featured in a reserve clash against Hearts at the Oriam earlier this week. Gerrard also cleared up his situation at the press conference too.
It’s worrying that Gerrard continues to feel the need to praise Worrall in the media. It’s not the first time he’s tried it, and yet still the Nottingham Forest man’s confidence and performance-levels haven’t grown.
Supporters are getting sick of Worrall’s sloppiness during matches. It’s costing Rangers goals and points. It could easily be argued that they would be fairly clear at the top of the table had Worrall not played as any matches as he has.
Regardless, it’s clear that Gerrard still rates him. The fans, however, will have a different verdict.