EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers are not planning to make Joe Worrall loan move from Nottingham Forest a permanent deal this summer, Football Insider understands.
The 22-year-old has been a regular under Steven Gerrard this season and has been the most frequent centre-back partner of mainstay Connor Goldson after signing on a temporary deal on transfer deadline day last summer.
A club source has told Football Insider that Rangers had considered signing the former England Under-21 international permanently but will now abandon those plans.
Gerrard and the club’s recruitment team led by Mark Allen are already scouring the transfer market for a new left-sided central defender this summer.
Worrall headed to Ibrox after after finding himself out of favour at the City Ground under ex-Forest boss Aitor Karanka.
He has made 30 appearances in all competitions for Rangers so far this season but come in for some criticism from a section of Rangers fans.
There was no clause in Worrall’s loan deal for it to become permanent this summer and the defender is how set to head back to Forest at the end of the campaign and fight for his place in Martin O’Neill’s side.
Worrall was reportedly the subject of a failed bid from Premier League club Burnley in January of last year.
In other Rangers transfer news, it can be REVEALED the club are working on a deal to sign a player who has got Sir Alex Ferguson drooling.