Joe Worrall has said goodbye to Rangers on social media today, all but confirming he won’t be back in Glasgow next season.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to @RangersFC for letting me play for your great club this season. From the fans, staff/players and the city of Glasgow, it has been a fantastic experience and the club has a special place in my heart ???#WeAreThePeople pic.twitter.com/UJMWJJZeak
— Joe Worrall (@JoeWorrall5) May 22, 2019
It was of course known that the central defender was only at Ibrox for the season but it was unknown whether Steven Gerrard was impressed enough to make another loan or permanent move.
Of course, Worrall’s exit means the manager’s transfer priorities become a little clearer heading into the busy summer period, with a first-team defender now needed to compete for places with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.
With Gareth MacAuley’s contract also expiring this summer, the Ibrox side could even be looking for two centre-backs capable of competing at Scottish Premiership level.
Worrall will now look to solidify a first-team place at Nottingham Forest and although he’s definitely shown inconsistent form at Rangers throughout the season, supporters gave him a warm farewell on social media earlier today, with many saying he’s always welcome back one day…
Thanks for all your efforts Joe,always welcome back
— WATP (@hrmtaxiservice) May 22, 2019
Thanks Joe. Once you’ve had 10 minutes of O’Neill & Keane give SG a call and we’ll get you back up the road.
— Dublin Loyal RSC (@DublinLoyal) May 22, 2019
— Pedro UK (@LoyalKirkie) May 22, 2019
Thanks for everything Joe – we enjoyed having you as one of us and watching you play. All the best for the future.
— David (@TweetzDavid) May 22, 2019
Good luck big man! Hope you have a successful career ahead of you ??
— ??David Whyte (@DavidWhyte1872) May 22, 2019
Thanks big fella, all the best for your career…. once a bear, always a bear ?⚪️?
— Amsterdammer 1872 (@arthur_mac74) May 22, 2019
Good luck Joe. Thanks for all you’ve done this season for Rangers and I hope you go on to do tremendous things as a player. Always welcome back ??⚪?
— Chris_Kenny (@lChris_Kennyl) May 22, 2019
Wish you were staying mate all the best ??
— 55? (@penaltyrangers) May 22, 2019