Monday, 6 May 2019

First summer Ibrox casualty appears certain

It appears to now be official – Joe Worrall is finished at Ibrox. The whole saga was an odd one – Nikola Katic playing well, replaced by another team’s player of around the same age for the majority of the season, before Katic mysteriously regains his place, possibly following the infamous Worrall Celtic tape.

Either way, Katic has become a regular starter again, and while the defence is some way off watertight, just one goal conceded since and including the win against Hearts which set this run off (although that was Worrall’s last appearance) is a pretty stonking record for it.

And almost all of it is without Worrall who hasn’t played a minute since Hearts.

It’s clear Gerrard is preparing for life without him – whether that’s voluntary or forced is not known, but either way, Rangers are back to the early season defence which served so well in the initial campaign.

Sure, it doesn’t seem quite as impenetrable as it did, and Katic has certainly made a few errors – we’re also not convinced Goldson is the right alpha to lead him. But nevertheless, the stats don’t lie and our defence is functioning very well indeed.

But we do see new talent coming in this summer. It just almost certainly won’t include Joe Worrall.

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