AS the ball hit the back of the Kilmarnock net just nine minutes into last week’s game against Rangers, the rumble around Ibrox was the same one as old. The roar that in times gone past, was habitually the signal for the opposition to wilt and for the Ibrox cavalry to charge. Six minutes later though, it was the Rangers net that was bulging, and near silence was all around.

Joe Worrall may be relatively new to these parts, but he is fully aware that draws at home to teams like Kilmarnock, however impressive they may be these days under Steve Clarke, will never be acceptable to the Rangers support.

In fact, he recognises the expectation is that he and his team-mates will not simply defeat such opposition but roll them over. To those outside the Ibrox bubble, that may appear an unreasonable demand, but not to the young defender. He fully subscribes to the notion that unless it is Lionel Messi and his chums that pitch up in Govan, the men in blue should be steamrollering all in their path.

“We haven’t played the best over the past few games and have struggled to score goals,” said Worrall. “We have conceded some poor goals and I hold my hand up for a few of them.

“We realise the expectations are huge because you draw at home and get slaughtered. You need the pressure as you can either crumble or grow and start scoring goals every game. We should be beating teams three and four nil at Ibrox, it doesn’t matter who they are – unless they are Barcelona. We are more than capable of really rolling teams over.

“It shouldn’t matter who we are playing. If we get the formula right, we should be blowing teams away.”

Worrall is looking forward to getting some more experience of European competition under his belt when Rangers travel to take on Spartak Moscow on Thursday, but he was non-committal on the subject of making such evenings a permanent fixture in his fledgling career as per the wishes of manager, Steven Gerrard.

“It’s obviously nice that the manager says things like that, but I’m on loan from Forest,” he said. “Forest is my team, they employ me and pay my wages. It’s a loan for me. I’m really enjoying it here, and I thank the gaffer for playing me in the games. I’m here until the end of the season, so hopefully you’ll see a lot more from me and what I can do."