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Going nowhere: Nottingham Forest have missed their chance to recall Joe Worrall from Ibrox loan
Going nowhere: Nottingham Forest have missed their chance to recall Joe Worrall from Ibrox loan
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard

By Andy Newport

Steven Gerrard insists Joe Worrall will be going nowhere after revealing Nottingham Forest have missed their chance to recall the defender from his Rangers loan.

Forest have a defensive injury crisis ahead of tomorrow's clash with Bristol City and reports claimed new boss Martin O'Neill was considering requesting Worrall's return to the City Ground.

But Gerrard has disappointed the former Celtic boss after confirming the centre-half will be staying at Ibrox to help his side's title push.

The Light Blues manager said: "We've spoken to Nottingham Forest and I think in the deal they had up until January 7 to call Joe back and we never heard anything from it. So Joe will remain here.

"He's a player who's done really, really well for us. I thought he was excellent during the Old Firm."

Gerrard, meanwhile, has rubbished reports claiming he is considering moves for Liverpool ace Adam Lallana and former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison.

Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis have already been secured on loan deals and could make their debuts against Cowdenbeath in tonight's opening William Hill Scottish Cup tie.

Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones have also been tied down on pre-contracts and while Gers have been in talks about bringing Kamara's move forward from the summer, Jones has confirmed he will not be switching until his Killie deal expires.

Gerrard is content with the situation and expects both players to continue giving their all for their current employers.

He said: "Glen is still a Dundee player and Jordan is still a Kilmarnock player, so I won't be speaking about those two. All I'll say is that we as a club have asked them both to be professional and respect the clubs they're at."

Gerrard is prepared to allow Jordan Rossiter - who has been linked with a loan switch to Dundee United - to head out for more action but insists fellow midfielder Ross McCrorie will be staying put amid interest from Dundee and Swansea.

The Ibrox boss added: "We haven't heard from anyone in terms of Jordan but there is a chance he can go out to get some games.

"We'll have to wait and see what options he gets.

"But Ross McCrorie is going nowhere.

"When we came in, we inherited a player that was hurt mentally. He'd had a tough time in certain games last season and his confidence was affected. We've had to be careful with how we've played Ross but he's worked extremely hard on the training pitch and he's getting better.

"His confidence and belief are coming back and his last four or five performances have been immense, not just the Old Firm.

"It's a shame he's suspended for Cowdenbeath but he's got an incredible future here - a potential future captain - and he won't be going anywhere else."

Meanwhile, Gerrard believes Marcelo Bielsa was wrong to watch opposition training sessions and called for football's authorities to legislate against spying.

Bielsa on Wednesday admitted to having every one of Leeds' Championship opponents watched in training, while presenting his analysis of them to journalists.

Former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard said: "I think Leeds have overstepped the mark in this case. It's not my way to send someone to other people's training grounds. There is not a law in place and until there is, it could happen again.

"The powers that be need to adapt the rules and get something in place for this kind of behaviour in my opinion."

The espionage admission came after a staff member of Leeds was caught by police at Derby's training ground attempting to gain information ahead of last Friday night's fixture, which Leeds subsequently won 2-0. The EFL and Football Association have opened investigations, with Bielsa saying he will co-operate.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says it would be an exaggeration to call the Leeds head coach a cheat.

The Ulsterman claimed detailed knowledge of opposition can be garnered from leaks from players and their agents.

"I have seen 'cheating' being used but I think it's a bit strong," Rodgers said. "There's probably more opportunity for teams to get out through agents and players within (clubs).

"There is so much analysis in the game, so much preparation that goes in, that it would be very surprising if you didn't know the team or have a good idea of what the team was."

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