JOE WORRALL is still buzzing after helping Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox on his Old Firm debut.
The towering 21-year-old produced a strong, commanding display when he got his first taste of the Glasgow derby on December 29, helping his side keep a clean sheet as he partnered Connor Goldson in the centre of defence.
Ryan Jack’s goal on 30 minutes, of course, made it day to remember for every Light Blues fan and also for Worrall and his teammates.
Speaking to RangersTV at the club’s training camp in Tenerife, the on loan Nottingham Forest stopper, who celebrates his 22nd birthday tomorrow, said: “It was crazy and really hard to describe the feeling, walking out onto the pitch and then leaving it after the win was incredible. I’ll never forget that game.
“You’ll get the same answer from everyone but the atmosphere, the fans, the goal when Jacko scored and the tackles; I put in a few meaty ones but it was just brilliant and everyone really played well that day.
We knew we were capable of doing it. I think we went out there with all guns blazing and we should have scored three of four goals in my opinion.
“It was not so much relief, just a real sense of achievement for the people that had doubted us and for the draws and silly mistakes and losses that we have had as a team.
“I think we proved that we can do it against Celtic, who are our main title contenders this year.”
Worrall is thrilled that he got the chance to experience playing in one of the world’s great derby fixtures at a young age.
He continued: “Definitely. All the lads were saying ‘you wait until the Old Firm game’ and I was like yeah, yeah and you take every game as it comes.
“But that day was incredible. Just the whole aura about it and around the city afterwards. It was incredible and I’ll never forget it.
“It was massive and you can see from the reaction. It was a massive game but Rangers fans and obviously the players that have been here have been hurting for the last few years. It was just like a weight off the shoulders.
After that game to go away home and see your friends and family and have a bit of a party, I think it was perfect timing for us and everyone enjoyed it.”
Worrall made 17 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side in the first half of 2018/19 and he hopes to build on that number when the club returns to competitive action this month.
He said: “Yeah it was good. I had a few wobbles along the way and I didn’t play great in a couple of games but I back myself just to get my head down and crack on.
“I’m really enjoying it, the lads are great and the manager and the coaching staff are helping me and coaching me along.
“I think it’s good and I can only get better as a player and as a person as well and trying to help other people. So I’m loving it at Rangers.”
Joe admits he is learning a lot from working with Connor Goldson and Gareth McAuley.
He added: “They are both experienced players, Gaz more so. He’s obviously been around the block and he’s like a father figure.
“Connor is a good player and they are both good lads and there are players all across the pitch that have got relationships.
“Fans don’t see that off the pitch, but on the pitch you can link up with different players, get a partnership and get into the swing of things. But off the pitch everyone is great. We all love a good craic and I’m enjoying it.”