Int'l manager details recent Ibrox visit, says Gers could have found ‘top, top player’
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Rangers have special talent in Jordan Jones, says Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, has spoken to the Daily Record about Rangers’ Jordan Jones.

As boss of the Green and White Army, the 50-year-old former Hibs and Dundee United midfielder gave Jones his big break in international football.

Back then, in 2017, he was a Killie player with raw talent. Now, he’s a little more refined and has taken things up a notch since moving to Ibrox.

Gerrard swooped for the ex-Killie man after coming up against him last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers have special prospect in electric Jones

“There are areas he needs to improve on that we have talked to him consistently about but he has the capabilities to get fans on the edge of their seats,” O’Neill told the Daily Record. “I was at the game at Ibrox earlier in the season when Rangers won 6-1 against Hibs and Jordan really had the supporters going every time he got the ball.”

“That’s the excitement he gives you…The move to Ibrox is one that will give Jordan the opportunity to kick on. I think he can develop into a top, top player at Rangers. He is confident and positive and likes the big stage. The bigger the game the more Jordan seems to revel in it.”

Jones celebrates after creating Rangers’ second against Hibs. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

At 24, and just four full seasons into his professional career, Jones isn’t yet the finished article.

Before he arrived, we warned that he would have some Bears tearing their hair out with his inconsistency. He didn’t offer much at St Mirren on Sunday but was outstanding in previous games such as Midtjylland away.

The pacey winger has shown some great promise for club and country. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Overall, so far, his impact at Rangers has been positive and he’s brought dynamism and pace to the left which otherwise would have been lacking after the departure of Ryan Kent.

As with the Gers, Jones is yet to score at international level. Yet, he’s had a massive impact within the Northern Ireland squad.

Just as at Ibrox, Windsor Park lifts when this guy gets on the ball, and if he can develop his end product over the next season or two, the club will reap the benefits of O’Neill’s ‘top, top player’ forecast.

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