A few Rangers fans are noting what’s happening at Nottingham Forest, with former centre-back first-choice pairing Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna suddenly being frozen out of the first team and banished to the reserves for training.
There is no rhyme or reason reported for why these two have been axed, but out of the first team they go and it’s being said they will move on in January.
There is a market value of £25M combined for them, and naturally the conclusion is to wonder if Rangers are in any way in the market to make a move on them.
Worrall, obviously, used to ply his trade at Ibrox, and wasn’t exactly terribly-well rated by fans. He played in Niko Katic’s slot and supporters were frequently frustrated at his getting preferential treatment, especially given he was a loan.
But Forest is his team, his boyhood team, and he was of course on loan at Ibrox from Forest when they were still a Championship side. He returned, and won promotion with them, becoming a regular in the Premier League. But now that dream seems to have gone sour.
For McKenna’s part, he was Aberdeen’s first big sale – back in the day, it was Rangers and Celtic who sold players for big money, but McKenna for about £5M (depending who you read) was a massive sale for a non-Old Firm side, and the Scotland international has been at Forest ever since.
He too is now axed from their plans, for now anyway, and it’s being envisaged both players may leave next month.
Is there scope for Rangers here?
As we explained yesterday, this is the market Rangers are in – players out of favour, out of contract, or suchlike that generally aren’t asset players at their current club, and suddenly Worrall and McKenna are such players. McKenna’s deal expires in the summer and he’d be a precontract.
Are they good enough for Rangers?
Well, Worrall was Forest captain and has 36 Premier League appearances while McKenna has just 25.
These two might have decent values but their experience at the top level isn’t exactly massive. Kieran Dowell barely had any less than these two and he’s been abysmal.
But McKenna does have a bag of SPL experience as well, just as Worrall has, and if there’s some way to get a player of McKenna’s quality, we’re not sure we’d say no to that one.
Time will tell if Clement has any interest in either of them.