Nottingham Forest star Joe Worrall has suggested for the first time that he doesn’t think he covered himself in glory at Rangers. He has also slammed the abuse he receives from supporters to this day as vile in an interview with Robin Chipperfield.
Worrall spent the 2018/19 campaign at Ibrox. Steven Gerrard added him to his Rangers ranks and made him a mainstay in the team during that particular campaign.
It came at a time when he found himself out of favour at the City Ground. Aitor Karanka didn’t see him as part of his plans and ultimately allowed him to leave for the season.
Worrall got a taste of regular football; whilst he also got experience of playing in the Europa League. Some Rangers fans just didn’t take to him though and that’s something he won’t forget to this day.
The centre-back has kicked on since leaving Ibrox. He’s now a regular in the Forest team and has been for the best part of three years at the City Ground.
Although he remembers his time north of the border fondly, he believes that the constant abuse he gets from fans of Rangers is all a little bit needless.
The Forest man told Robin Chipperfield: “I still get messages now on social media whenever I post anything from Rangers fans genuinely calling me every name under the sun.
“Genuinely, I loved my time there. Rangers fans are fantastic but they think they have a divine right to hammer and call blind any player that ever has a bad game for Rangers.
“It definitely took a toll, not on my mental health; I’m earning thousands of pounds a week to play football. It’s part and parcel, fans pay their money and if you underperform you get pelters for giving the ball away against Kilmarnock.
“Three years later, I’m still getting vile messages off Rangers fans. It’s unacceptable really. They won the league and they’re hammering a young lad who has done nothing but try his best.
“I loved my time at Rangers but it’s a lingering cloud, the abuse I get for no apparent reason. I know 100 per cent I came back to Forest a better player and a better leader.”
Forest fans love you: A message to Joe Worrall
They can be a strange bunch north of the border and whoever is still giving much of a big deal to Worrall three years down the line needs to give their head a wobble.
Rangers fans might be pleased to know that Forest fans thank you very much. Since the 24-year-old returned to the City Ground, he’s kicked on and is now very much one of the Championship’s top defenders.
Interestingly Rangers fans laughed when the Reds parted with money to land Scott McKenna in 2020. They don’t rate him either so perhaps it’s the Gers faithful that don’t have much of an eye for a centre-half.
Forest fans can’t get enough of Worrall. Hopefully, he can continue improving in the red of Forest under Steve Cooper.