Rangers defender Joe Worrall outlines impact of Mark Warburton and David Weir

General views of Ibrox Stadium during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard brought Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall to Ibrox on loan this summer.

Joe Worrall of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.Joe Worrall at Rangers

Rangers defender Joe Worrall has revealed to The Herald that he spoke to former Ibrox duo Mark Warburton and David Weir before joining the Gers from Nottingham Forest.

Ibrox club Rangers signed Worrall from Forest in the Championship in England on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old defender has been on the books of the Reds since 2011, and worked with Warburton and Weir at the City Ground.

Warburton was the manager of Rangers from the summer of 2015 until February 2017, and was in charge of Forest from March 2017 until December 2017.

Weir is a Rangers legend, and the former Scotland international central defender worked as an assistant manager at Rangers and Forest under Warburton.

Worrall has underlined the importance of Warburton and Weir in his move to Rangers on loan and in his development as a defender.


“I spoke to Mark and Davie who had me at Forest,” Worrall told The Herald. “They said great things about Rangers, especially Davie who has a special connection with the club.”

The defender added: “Mark is technical manager, where Davie was obviously a top defender. But they brought my game on an awful lot as a young lad. They kept me grounded.

“They taught me to receive the ball from the back and not take liberties. That has stood me in good stead.”

Mark Warburton Nottingham Forest Manager before the the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest at Loftus Road on April 29, 2017 in London, England.

Rangers spell

Worrall is a good and promising young defender, and the 21-year-old will hope to make a positive impact at Rangers this season.

It is going to be hard for the Forest-owned centre-back to play regularly in the next few weeks, but with Rangers playing in the Europa League, the 21-year-old will get his chances to shine.

David Weir of Rangers looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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