Outgoing Rangers defender Joe Worrall has never been the most popular man at Ibrox, but to his credit, he kept his head down and kept on working when the going was tough.
In the mould of a traditional, passionate English centre half, on his day Worrall has the presence of a commanding, powerful defender in the middle. Off it, he over-complicated things and gave off an allure that he thought he was above the league.
Only 22, the Nottingham Forest man is still very young. And he appreciates himself just how much of a learning curve coming to Ibrox has been.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to @RangersFC for letting me play for your great club this season. From the fans, staff/players and the city of Glasgow, it has been a fantastic experience and the club has a special place in my heart 🇬🇧💙#WeAreThePeople pic.twitter.com/UJMWJJZeak
— Joe Worrall (@JoeWorrall5) May 22, 2019
That’s to his credit. You got the feeling at times he really underestimated the challenge here. He certainly underestimated how it all works up in Scotland. But you also get the feeling Worrall really valued his time here.
When he made mistakes he stood up, grit his teeth and never hid. His mistake against Kilmarnock killed momentum in our title race, but it’s selfish to pin the blame on that solely.
Worrall only played the key role in conceding an equaliser. The team couldn’t do enough to prevent us from losing the game. Or the title. Over the piece, we weren’t good enough. Worrall included.
Have Rangers fans been too harsh to the defender at times? Perhaps. But, like Worrall himself says, that’s how it works at Ibrox. Rangers expect better.
You’re playing for the Rangers fans. And when you are, you’re expected to win every game. The fans weren’t shy in letting the outgoing defender know it but it has been a major lesson for the highly-rated English centre back.
He goes back to England a better player, with a winning mentality he never had before, and, you can bet, a lifelong connection to Glasgow Rangers too.