Rangers supporters have been very quiet in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second Scottish Premiership defeat of the season at the weekend.
Steven Gerrard’s men went into their trip to Livingston off the back of thumping victories over Ayr United and St Johnstone, and thus full of confidence ahead of their clash with Gary Holt’s side on Sunday. Yet it was the newly promoted outfit that had the last laugh at the weekend as a Dolly Menga strike 11 minutes before half time was enough to secure the hosts a 1-0 victory at the Almondvale Stadium, thus inflicting just a second defeat on Gerrard since his arrival as Rangers boss during the summer.
Thus, there have been many frustrated Light Blues supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter recently to slate the efforts of defender Joe Worrall in their team’s loss on Sunday.
And while the 21-year-old was by no means the only Gers player to underperform at the weekend, that alongside prior unconvincing displays underlines the fact that he seriously needs to buck up his ideas.
Ultimately, the centre back, valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt, made the move to Ibrox on loan from Championship side Nottingham Forest at the end of August in a bid for regular first team football, having made just 28 league starts for Aitor Karanka’s Reds last time round.
Yet things haven’t quite got going for the England Under-21 international north of the border with just three appearances to his name so far, and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be adding to that tally too much in the near future after another unconvincing display on Sunday.
The young defender struggled aerially and maybe didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence to those around him – it was something of a surprise to see him picked ahead of fellow centre back Nikola Katic, who has enjoyed a decent start to life at Rangers.
And factor in Worrall’s very nervy display in their 2-2 draw with Villarreal in their opening Europa League group stage match last month, and the 21-year-old simply isn’t at the races at present, and has so far done little to suggest that he should continue to command regular football.
Yes, there is still a long way to go in the season and Gerrard will need the full array of his squad to deal with the demands of domestic and European competition, but in struggling in two of the three games he has started for the club so far, 21-year-old Worrall seriously needs to buck his ideas up if he is to become an asset to the Rangers chief this term.
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