According to Pete O’Rourke of Football Insider, Rangers aren’t planning to sign Joe Worrall at the end of his loan spell at Ibrox. The Nottingham Forest defender has been a regular at the heart of the Gers’ defence and was previously tipped to turn his deal permanent this summer, but Steven Gerrard has opted against signing Worrall and will turn his attentions elsewhere.
It’s good news for Forest as the 22-year-old has impressed for a lot of the season in Scotland and could provide stiff competition at centre-back next season. The Reds aren’t short of options, with Martin O’Neill having Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo, Yohan Benalouane, Alexander Milosevic, Michael Hefele and Molla Wague (loan) at his disposal, but Hefele’s future is uncertain and Wague will return to his parent club over the summer.
Worrall has made 21 appearances in the Scottish Premiership this season, helping Rangers to second in the table, 11 points adrift of leaders Celtic but eight clear of third-placed Kilmarnock. He left Forest in August 2018 as he couldn’t be guaranteed playing time at the City Ground, but the England u21 international might have a chance of featuring in 2019/20.