Steven Gerrard’s comments on Jordan Jones following the international break suggest he has a Rangers future despite the transfer talk which has persisted across the summer.
The Daily Record reported in July that the Northern Ireland international was surplus to requirements at Ibrox, while TEAMtalk reported in August that English Championship clubs Middlesbrough, QPR, Barnsley, Stoke City, Preston and Blackburn were all interested in his signature.
Jones hasn’t featured at all for the Light Blues in the league this season which would also suggest that he’s not in the manager’s plans.
However, Steven Gerrard has made reference to him on multiple occasions since the international break.
Speaking to RangersTV at the beginning of the week, the Gers boss expressed his relief that a knock the 25-year-old picked up on international duty wasn’t as serious as initially feared.
He then provided a further update on Friday afternoon: “Jordan Jones has returned to us with a small quad problem. That’ll be days rather than weeks, we’re hoping to have JJ back in full training on Tuesday or Wednesday.”
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It seems unlikely that Gerrard would be speaking about his desire to get the winger back out onto the training pitch if a move away from the club was imminent.
The Gers have already sent both Jake Hastie and Jamie Murphy out on loan this summer and with Glenn Middleton way down the pecking order, there aren’t that many genuine wingers in the first-team squad.
With Ryan Kent and Brandon Barker both featuring in the starting XI for the last two games, the Gers would be very short of pace on the bench if Jones was moved on.
The ex-Killie star didn’t have a successful first season at Ibrox but he joined on a four-year contract and it sounds as though he’s not done in Glasgow just yet.