Jackie McNamara has slammed Rangers loanee Joe Worrall as a “flop” after failing to build on a bright start at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Scotland and Celtic legend claimed the ex-England Under-21 international has found the Ibrox spotlight to be “unforgiving”.
Worrall ended his season-long loan at Rangers on Sunday as he played in his side’s 2-1 defeat at Kilmarnock following five games as an unused substitute.
McNamara claimed the 22-year-old has been less effective than either Rangers or he would have expected after arriving with a big reputation from English football.
“I think sometimes, you come into that environment of the Old Firm, there’s not a lot of room for error whereas down the road there’s that many good teams you can maybe get away with a few mistakes,” McNamara said.
“There’s other clubs where it’s highlighted more, it can be very tough in terms of how they handle it as an Old Firm player. Worrall will have learned a lot anyway about Scottish football. They think it’s quite simple when they come up to Scotland but the pressure and the demands on them to win every game is very, very high compared to what they’re used to.
“I don’t mean the standard, I just mean the expectation.”
Asked if it was fair for Worrall to be damned as a “flop”, McNamara told Football Insider: “It’s fair to call him that, fans are entitled to their opinion. It is different because Rangers have to win to keep up with Celtic because if they don’t win second is no place for them.
“When he signed at the start he looked good, like a few others at Rangers but he’s making a few mistakes and sometimes it can be quite unforgiving.”
Worrall is heading back to parent club Nottingham Forest after making 31 appearances for Rangers this season, including 30 starts.
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