Rangers keeping faith with Joe Worrall no longer makes sense

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers saw their Scottish Cup hopes dashed at Ibrox on Tuesday night.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Rangers fans would be forgiven for feeling that their chances of winning a trophy this season are all but over after they were knocked out of the Scottish Cup on Tuesday night at Ibrox.

The Gers are eight points off the summit in the Scottish Premiership. Two wins in the remaining Old Firm games will unquestionably set up a title race, but Steven Gerrard's men have not won any of their last three fixtures - so putting together the flawless run they need looks highly unlikely.

 

Rangers cannot admit defeat in the title race while there is still a chance of an incredible comeback. And they must still ensure that they book themselves a ticket to Europe for next season. But Gerrard should certainly start making one or two decisions with the next campaign in mind.

One player who is not going to be at Rangers next season is Joe Worrall. The centre-back has recently suggested to the Daily Record that he expects to be back at Nottingham Forest next year once his loan comes to an end.

27th February 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Dundee; Joe Worrall of Rangers applauds the fans at the end of the match

Worrall may have mixed feelings about his year with the Gers. He was outstanding in the Old Firm win at Ibrox, and there have been plenty of very good performances scattered throughout the season.

However, there have been times when it has been easier to see why Forest decided to loan him out as he has been inconsistent. He has certainly struggled to win all of the fans over during his time in Scotland.

And with Worrall essentially confirming that he will be leaving in the summer, it seems to make little sense for Gerrard to continue using the Englishman as his first-choice option alongside Connor Goldson.

Rangers Glasgow's Nikola Katic after the 2018

Fair enough, if Worrall's form was in top form, then of course, Gerrard would be foolish not to make the most of having him before he leaves. But he has not been.

Nikola Katic may not have always been the most convincing option in the squad. But given that he is set to be at Rangers next year, surely it makes more sense to give the summer signing another prolonged run in the side in the hope that he can build on some of the early promise that he showed. 

Katic is not quite at Worrall's level just yet. But given that the latter is not playing his best football either and is set to be leaving when the campaign concludes, perhaps Gerrard needs to consider a ruthless decision that may be more beneficial to Rangers in the long run.

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