Date: 10th October 2018 at 4:16pm
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OPINION

Joe Worrall is the defender Rangers have been crying out for since they began their descent into the lower reaches of Scottish football.

The 21-year-old is a class act who offers something different to the increasingly impressive stable of centre-backs at Ibrox.

He is also far superior to most of those who have come and gone during a half-decade at Rangers mostly memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Potentially of far greater value, too.

According to Football Insider, Worrall was the subject of a rejected £10million bid from Burnley in January of this year before slipping down the pecking order at Nottingham Forest following Aitor Karanka’s arrival.

Forest’s lack of faith in the England Under-21 international allowed Rangers to pounce and seal a season-long loan deal that should pay huge dividends.

Worrall has made just two league appearances to date, and only five in all competitions in total, after spending his first three weeks at the club on the bench.

But it is a measure of how highly Steven Gerrard rates him that the loanee has split the Connor Goldson-Nikola Katic partnership that looked so imperious in the first few months of the campaign.

That duo are fine centre-backs but neither have the polish or pedigree of Worrall.

Some Rangers fans aren’t convinced yet by the rarely-seen new boy, but that should change as he gets his feet under the table and used to the rhythms of Scottish football.

By the end of the campaign, they could be begging the Light Blues to make the loan a permanent deal.