Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has blasted Jordan Jones’ moment of madness in the Old Firm that saw the winger sent off for a stupid challenge in the dying seconds – and admits that the Northern Irishman has “everything to do” to get back into the side.
Jones was a second-half substitute in the 2-0 defeat and saw red for a late, reckless challenge and Gerrard seemed in no mood for such a lack of discipline.
The Gers boss agreed that referee Bobby Madden got the decision “bang on” and thinks Jones’ challenge was a misplaced attempt to curry favour with supporters.
“Without a shadow of a doubt he [the referee] got that bang on, it was a red card,” Gerrard told Sky Sports, as quoted by Football Scotland.
“I think Jordan has tried to appease the fans but that’s not how you appease Rangers fans – you create goals and score goals if you’re a wide man, that’s how you get fans on your side, not kicking people when the ball’s 10 yards away so he deserves the red card, he deserves his ban and he’s got everything to do now to get back in my team.”
Jones will now have to serve a suspension after the international break and the winger will likely have had some explaining to do when the dust settled after the full-time whistle.
The winger will head away with Northern Ireland over the international break before coming back to Ibrox but will have to get his head down and work hard over the coming weeks.
It’s perfectly understandable why Gerrard wasn’t willing to tolerate Jones’ red card – especially given the row over Alfredo Morelos’ discipline last season – and the winger needs to learn from it or he’ll not last long under Gerrard.