Nottingham Forest defender admits his regret over foul-mouthed Celtic video

By Euan Davidson

November 9, 2021

Do you remember when Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, on loan at Rangers for a season, was recorded making anti Celtic sentiments in a video after an End of Year Awards ceremony [Scottish Sun]?

Quite what Rangers had to celebrate in April 2019 is anyone’s guess. But Worrall, who has made 13 league appearances for Forest this season [Transfermarkt], admits it was a mistake.

And even now, he still gets criticism from Rangers supporters online, despite showing his clear objections to Celtic, for whatever reason. If he had been aiming to placate his loan club’s fans, it didn’t seem to work long-term.

Worrall said of the incident, in conversation with BBC journalist Robin Chipperfield:

“I was 21 and trying to learn my trade, play under Gerrard, play in front of 50,000 at Ibrox and 60,000 at Parkhead.

“100 percent [I] know I came back a better player and a better leader. I got caught on video saying ‘F Celtic’ after they won the league.

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“It was really stupid of me. They were miles better than us but the video went viral. I was getting more abuse off Rangers fans than Celtic fans for that video. It felt like that had a vendetta against me and I don’t know why.”

Nottingham Forest man clearly regrets Celtic video, hard to know why he still gets pelters

Who’s going out of their way to abuse Joe Worrall online?

Celtic fans will only vaguely remember him. The video incident was clearly a drunken misstep – it seems extremely doubtful that the Englishman cares about the club much.

We’d just won the league, after all.

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Still, you would’ve thought Rangers fans might have forgiven some of his defensive antics.

After so long later, it’s very weird that he would still get bother from anyone, apart from maybe opposing fans when he’s playing for Nottingham Forest.

It’s just a bit strange, really. In the age of social media, you’d probably expect more of this kind of thing. Instead, it’s subtweets and suggestive Instagram captions, or who a player does and doesn’t follow on social media.

So, if anything, this feels a bit old-fashioned, somehow.

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