According to Paul Taylor of Nottinghamshire Live, Joe Worrall will return to Nottingham Forest’s first-team next season and could become a regular under Martin O’Neill. Worrall will have stiff competition for a starting place from Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo, Yohan Benalouane, Alexander Milosevic and Michael Hefele, but he stands a good chance of becoming a regular.
The 22-year-old fell down the pecking order at the City Ground last summer which led to him seeking a loan move away in 2018/19, but he joined Rangers at the end of August and has been a regular for the Scottish outfit ever since. Worrall has made 31 appearances in all competitions this season, leading Rangers to second in the Premiership, picking up nine clean sheets.
The Gers don’t have a buying option for Worrall, nor are they expected to make a move for the centre-back this summer, which means Forest will have the defender at their disposal in 2019/20. O’Neill will be lowering the average age of the squad as Forest have a lot of players in the twilight of their careers. They need an overhaul after their failure to finish in the top-six too.
The Reds are currently 10th in the Championship with 63 points from 45 games, having won just eight times in the last five months.