In a stodgy, physical battle up in Scotland’s North East, there were few performances that really stood out. Except from Joe Worrall’s.
The big Englishman didn’t just take his goal well, but he was solid from the first minute to the last. The Nottingham Forest player seems to relish these big games and he came up trumps for the side when we needed him.
It wasn’t just a good game, it was potentially Joe Worrall’s best in a Rangers shirt.
The centre half has formed a bit of a formidable partnership with Connor Goldson as of late. Prior to today’s match, Rangers hadn’t conceded a goal in five matches.
The goal they did concede today came from the penalty spot. There can be no complaints as Connor Goldson – who was certainly the more uncomfortable of the duo today – made a poor decision to go to ground.
With the ball seemingly under his control, he slid in catching Gary MacKay Steven as he went to hook the ball.
There were a few Rangers’ hearts in mouths from there on in.
But it was Joe Worrall who exemplified his calm and composed performance with a calm and composed finish. It’s his first goal in a Rangers shirt and helped dig his side out of a hole. It also keeps us in the cup.
The big centre half has never been the most popular man at Ibrox but in these big games he seems to come good.
Joe Worrall’s performance today is how we want him to perform week in week out. No-nonsense, calm and influential, he’s scarcely played better as a Rangers player.