Rangers defender Connor Goldson has admitted that he hopes to see defensive partner Joe Worrall back at Ibrox next season as the Nottingham Forest loanee comes towards the end of his temporary spell at the club.
Having signed from the Championship signed on a season-long deal for the Gers, he looks set to return to the City Ground over the summer – although his centre back counterpart under Steven Gerrard would love to see him remain, leaving Mark Allen to disappoint the former Brighton man.
What did Goldson say?
Having been paired alongside Worrall a number of times this season, the 25-year-old insisted that he would love to continue playing with the loanee into next season, although admitted they would get by if he was not to come back.
He told the Scottish Sun: “I hope Joe Worrall comes back for another season. A lot of people forget that for many of the players, it’s our first year together. We now know what Rangers is all about and what ambitions we have. We need to kick on and compete on every level.
“Joe has enjoyed himself here, he’s played a lot of games and done well. We know Nottingham Forest are his parent club and he’s said in the past he wants to go back there. If Joe stays it would be good, but if he doesn’t then Rangers will move on.”
Worrall has been a regular for Gerrard this season, playing 31 times across all competitions, but his performances have been a little hit and miss, leaving the Ibrox faithful frustrated with what they have seen.
Will Worrall get what he wants?
As the defender has said about his partner at the back, Nottingham Forest is his parent club and there are clearly ambitions for a future at the City Ground for the 22-year-old.
Even if Forest were open to sending him back to Ibrox, it is something director of football Mark Allen must avoid for at the end of the day, Worrall has not been consistent enough to be part of the furniture at Rangers.
The Light Blues know improvements are needed if they are to get anywhere near Celtic and keeping Worrall on board would just be a case of the club standing still instead of pushing for the next level.
Goldson might want his current teammate back in the summer but the club have got to be looking for brighter talents to make the difference and Allen must leave the centre back bitterly disappointed as a result.