Rangers welcome Kilmarnock to Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, and Steven Gerrard should axe Joe Worrall from the side once and for all.

What’s the word?

The Gers may not want to admit it yet, but their quest for silverware this season is most likely over.

Arch-rivals Celtic only have to earn five more points in their final four games of the campaign to lock up their eighth league title in a row, and Gerrard has likely already got one eye on next season.

That said, the gaffer should axe Worrall from the team on Saturday, as the youngster is expected to return to Nottingham Forest at the end of the season, meaning it bears no benefit to the Gers to keep playing him.

Looking to leave?

When asked about his future back in February, Worrall said: “I believe I should be playing at Forest but to play under Steven Gerrard at Rangers is incredible.

“But as for signing permanently, if they want to buy me for £30m in the summer, then that would be fantastic!

“If not, I’ll be happy to go back to Forest. I want to win something here. It was the first thing the manager and the lads said to me when I walked in the door.

“I’m only here for a season but it’s vital for the club – because of what they’ve gone through – to get to finals and challenge for the league.”

Fans were right, it’s Katic time

Of course, Rangers do not have £30m to spend on a centre back, especially a centre back that can’t even be trusted – the last time the Gers faced Kilmarnock in the league they lost 2-1, with Worrall putting in a truly woeful performance.

While £30m is a light-hearted, exaggerated sum offered by the 22 year-old, he has been capped at multiple youth levels for England, so he would likely cost a hefty fee.

That said, Gerrard should focus on developing Nikola Katic, who at the start of the season looked set to form a dominant pairing with Connor Goldson.

The Croatian’s form faltered and he lost his place to Worrall, but the fact that he was never brought back in despite loads of poor performances from the Forest man is inexplicable, especially as fans continually fumed at Worrall’s disastrous showings.

Fans have previously said they would prefer to see the 22 year-old Katic partner Goldson than Worrall, and they were right. Gerrard must now recognise the chance to get a leg up on next season by developing the partnership between Katic and Goldson, accepting that the Ibrox faithful have proved him wrong on this one.


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Ben Goodwin