Steven Gerrard’s decision to introduce Jordan Jones as a substitute during Thursday night’s win over Lyon suggests the player has a future at Rangers.
The Northern Ireland international struggled to make an impact in his first season at Ibrox following a move from Kilmarnock, with a self-inflicted injury a major factor.
Jones damaged knee ligaments when lunging into a tackle on Moritz Bauer in a defeat to Celtic in September and wasn’t seen again in a Gers shirt until January.
During the winter window, he was linked with a move away from Ibrox with English clubs Stoke City and Middlesbrough amongst those said to have considered a swoop [Daily Mail].
No move materialised, but the 25-year-old was down the pecking order by the time the global health crisis ended the season prematurely and he has made just one competitive start to date in 2020.
It seems Steven Gerrard may be willing to give Jones another chance during the coming season, though.
That’s because he played more than half an hour off the bench on Thursday night in a high profile friendly fixture against Lyon.
Jones and the impressive Brandon Barker were handed an excellent chance to show what they could do against high-calibre opposition while fellow wingers Jamie Murphy and Glenn Middleton were left unused.
The two almost combined to devastating effect 15 minutes from time, too, with Barker getting in behind the Lyon defence and picking out his teammate, but the ex-Killie man could only fire wide.
The final few weeks before the beginning of the league campaign could be crucial for Jones and end product is an area in which needs to show improvement. No goals and just two assists from 14 appearances was a poor return last season.
He has pace to burn and plenty of trickery up his sleeve, though, and he’ll be hoping for another chance to make his mark against Nice on Saturday evening.