Is Rangers titan only a ‘big match’ player?


Regulars to the site will know we’ve covered Joe Worrall a bit recently – and the big defender stood out for all the right reasons yesterday at Pittodrie, delivering one of his better displays in the shirt.

Away from all the questions over his value, his contract, and his commitment, we are most puzzled by his attitude;

If ever a defender was a big-time stopper, it’s Joe Worrall.

We can think of all the mammoth displays he’s given in the big matches – Rapid, Celtic and Aberdeen to name just three. There is no doubt Worrall has it in him to show up big time for the big occasions.

But then against your lesser sides, his head seems to go, his concentration vanishes and the mistakes arrive.

We all remember his nightmare at Rugby Park – a big part in Rangers’ only loss of the calendar year, and while he’s had just as many great displays as poor ones, his rare inability to produce on the small occasions and pretty much only the big ones does beg the question of what kind of defender he’s developing into, and what the point of him actually is.

Sounds harsh, right? Coming off the back of a fine display v Aberdeen – but what’s the point of a player who picks and chooses when he shows up, yet gets selected for every match regardless?

We’re frustrated by the Worrall situation. He’s going back to Forest this summer – he wants to go and that’s his prerogative, being a Forest fan himself. But we’re the ones stuck developing their player while Nikola Katic, who still ultimately did absolutely nothing wrong to lose his place, sits idly by.

And even more annoying is for every Celtic or Aberdeen display there’s a Killie or whoever. Worrall might be a big-time player, but we can’t have a big time defender who doesn’t show up half as much for the bread and butter matches. Mercifully recent bread and butter fixtures have been pretty easy – defence has barely been threatened.

But Worrall needs to grow up and start giving all matches his every effort rather than just the big ones on TV being shown in England.

Rangers would be better for it.


  1. I think at the moment he seems to be – Switches off sometimes in smaller games. But he is young and will learn, and will become a top player imo! Very evident to see he has all the traits required to be a top player.

    Him along with young Kent are two players I would absolutley love to see us busting the bank to hold onto..

  2. I agree with William ,for me its a concentration thing when perhaps he thinks the smaller games are too easy and also he seems better when he has a forward to compete with which doesn`t always happen in the smaller games. He is young and the fact that he can stand up to the big games shows what a future he has if he keeps working . I don`t go with the" we`re developing someone else players" argument , he signed for us and he should be treated as our player while he`s here .Should we be playing Middleton ,Grezda or Atakayi in front of Kent ? Of course not , we play the men in form . Worrall made a big , big mistake at Killie and I was raging BUT if we were to bin everyone who makes a howler then we would not have a team .I am sure the coaches are telling Joe that Sundays level is what is expected all the time.

  3. I think you could aim this article at all our outfield players. Inconsistency has always been our downfall since we came up to the SPFL!

    • Correct!💪
      And We could have won it if he had put Defoe on🤔

      WATP LETS GO DEFOE 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  4. Who Cares 👎🏻
    At the end Of the day, Come the summer he will go back to Nottingham
    End of Story

    And I will be quietly hoping we don't sign him permanently
    …He isn't good enough, he isn't consistent

  5. Nice guy, may become better, but he is not staying so a moot point. Let's find another one we can grow or buy, we need 2 with MacAuley out of contract. Maybe a youth player and another decent buy.

    • Halkett would be decent. I hate to give them any credit but Mckenna at the sheep is some player. Doubtful we would ever do business with that lot tho.

  6. For the rest of the season, the centre back pairing should be Worrall plus any of the others. The mistake against Killie would have finished many others – he’s risen above it. Possibly because his current manager has experienced something similar and knew how to manage it.

  7. Wonderful comments he is never rangers class yes he maybe in this lot but he and half the others are simply not good enough get rid

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