Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns has told the Nottingham Post that he expects Joe Worrall to be in Martin O’Neill’s plans next season.
The central defender has spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan with Rangers.
Playing under the management of Steven Gerrard, Worrall has become a mainstay in the team making 29 appearances in all competitions.
Nottingham-born and bred, Worrall seems certain to return to the City Ground in the summer.
Burns is of the belief that the academy graduate will have a part to play next season.
He told the Nottingham Post: “At the end of the season, he’ll come back to the City Ground and I’d expect he’ll be a key part of Martin O’Neill’s side for next season.
“There’s no doubt about it, though, I’d definitely have him back.”
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Worrall already has 56 Forest appearances to his name but Aitor Karanka took the decision to send him out on loan.
With central defensive injuries racking up around Christmas that decision started to look a little foolish.
There is little doubt that the 22-year-old can have a bright future at the City Ground, with Burns clearly backing him for big things.
After spending millions last summer in an attempt to reach the Premier League, Forest might be forced to tighten the belt somewhat during the next transfer window.
The presence of Worrall in the Reds squad could save the club millions, particularly if he can showcase that he has improved as a player during his stint at Ibrox.