On-loan Rangers defender Joe Worrall could be recalled to Nottingham Forest after the appointment of Martin O’Neill at the English Championship club yesterday.
The Daily Record report that O’Neill is currently weighing up bringing Worrall back to his boyhood club to help ease their current defensive crisis that has resulted in playing midfielders out of position at centre-back.
However, the paper also report that a cash fee would have to be paid to the Gers to bring Worrall back to England given his original loan deal was until the end of the current season.
Given they are chasing a Championship play-off place, they may see paying that fee as a wise move if it means that they have enough natural defenders ready to compete for first-team places.
Worrall has made no secret of the fact that he sees his long-term future at Forest, but has emerged as a trusted member of Steven Gerrard’s squad, making 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
Losing him in the midst of our Scottish Premiership challenge would be a real blow and could necessitate dipping back into the transfer market for a new centre-back.
It’s a situation to keep an eye on over the next few days and hopefully more clarity comes from comments made by O’Neill or Gerrard.