Nottingham Forest captain Joe Worrall has claimed that Aitor Karanka was right to send him out on loan to Rangers back in 2018.
The Reds star sat down with Premier League Productions recently and he discussed his career as a whole.
Naturally, the player’s defining moment as a player came last season when he helped his boyhood club return to the top flight.
Worrall’s journey has been an intriguing one and he spent time on loan at Dagenham first before heading to Rangers some time later.
The youngster learned a lot playing for Steven Gerrard and he sees the former Liverpool player as a hero of his.
When he headed for Ibrox, many Forest supporters believed that Worrall was being treated unfairly.
His departure came at a time when Karanka had a number of central defensive options and Worrall concedes he made the right call.
He told Premier League Productions: “The Rangers one, being sent out there is something that I’m so, so thankful for. It’s an unbelievable football club and I loved my time up there.
“Steven Gerrard is my hero and it was unbelievable.
“To be told after playing 40 or 50 games that I wasn’t good enough to play for Forest was tough. Now I look back and think (Aitor) Karanka was right. I wasn’t happy but the staff at the football club were right.”
Karanka was right and it’s shaped Worrall at Forest
It’s good that Worrall can recognise that the move to Rangers has done the world of good for his career.
Karanka didn’t last long at Forest and the consensus at the time was that he’d made the incorrect call to loan Worrall out.
Rangers is a huge club though and the experience of playing in front of big crowds and in Europe has clearly helped.
Karanka’s decision was for the best. If anything, it’s shaped Worrall as a person and as a footballer and Forest have benefited.
The captain is honest as the day is long and this candid interview highlighted what a great personality he is in the Forest dressing room.
One challenge facing Worrall in the short term is to help Forest up the table. You can bet he will be up for proving more people wrong.