Is Joe Worrall's Rangers future suddenly in doubt after Karanka's Nottingham Forest exit?

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers gives instructions during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in...

Joe Worrall is helping Rangers challenge for the Scottish Premiership title but could he be forced to return to Forest after Aitor Karanka's departure?

Joe Worrall of Rangers celebrates at full time  during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Suddenly, could Joe Worrall’s short-term future at Rangers be in doubt?

There has been a trend of club’s cancelling loan spells of late, with Michy Batshuayi returning to Chelsea after a dismal spell with Valencia, Tommy Elphick heading to Aston Villa from Hull City and Leicester bringing Harvey Barnes back to the King Power Stadium on Friday.

Worrall has spent the first half of the season at Ibrox after he fell down the pecking order under Aitor Karanka at Nottingham Forest. England’s 2017 Toulon tournament winning captain has quickly established himself as a key player at Rangers.

 

But, with Karanka bidding farewell to Forest on Friday, relieved of his duties with the East Midland club 12 points off the top of the Championship, it will be interesting to see what impact this has on Rangers’ hopes of keeping Worrall until the summer.

After all, it seemed Karanka did not rate the academy graduate too highly, but his Nottingham Forest replacement might have a different view.

Nottingham Forest Manager Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on December 26, 2018 in Norwich, England.

The Mail believes that the former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is a top target, and his possession-based style should suit a defender renowned for his ability to pass the ball out from the back.

Back in November, Worrall told Herald Scotland that he was enjoying playing regular first-team football at Rangers, so remaining in Glasgow should be the priority.

Joe Worrall of Rangers and Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrate victory after the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in...

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