Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has said that on-loan Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall will be ‘captain of whichever club he plays for’, according to the Scottish Sun
The Gers boss was speaking after the central defender scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen.
It was a timely maiden strike too.
Rangers’ last hopes of silverware this season are in the Scottish Cup and Worrall’s goal earned a replay with the Dons at Ibrox.
The 22-year-old signed for the Scottish giants in the summer and is reaping the benefits of regular first-team football.
An academy graduate, Worrall has played 26 times in all competitions this season, becoming a mainstay in Gerrard’s team.
The Forest youngster will return to the City Ground a better player, given the experience of playing for the Gers.
His temporary boss was full of praise following his contribution yesterday.
He told the Scottish Sun: “I thought Joe was outstanding, it was a man of the match performance and he will be captain of whatever team he plays for.”
High praise indeed, from a man who won the Champions League with Liverpool and is one of the best leaders of his generation.
What does the future hold?
Worrall already has 56 Championship appearances to his name and should get a chance next season.
Martin O’Neill has already hinted that had he not been sent on loan he might well be in the first-team now.
He told the Nottingham Post back in February: “He is doing well there which is good. Had he still been at the club, there is a good chance he would have been playing now.”
Seeing the club’s own graduates play in the first-team is what Forest fans crave.
The current loan spell is doing Worrall no harm at all.
Given his comments, it sounds like Gerrard would love the chance to keep Worrall around Ibrox beyond this season.
That seems unlikely though and Forest fans will hope he gets an opportunity to impress O’Neill next season.