With Rangers taking on lowly Stranraer in the Scottish Cup on Friday evening, it’s the perfect opportunity for Steven Gerrard to give players opportunities and try out new combinations ahead of the return to Premiership action. One man deserving of a spot is Jordan Jones.
After a bright start to his Rangers career during which impressed in Europa League qualifying away at FC Midtjylland and provided the assist for Alfredo Morelos’s late winner against Legia Warsaw, one moment of madness saw him sidelined for several months.
In lunging in on Moritz Bauer in the Old Firm at Ibrox in early September, not only did Jones pick up a red card, but knee ligament damage too.
He’s since failed to make a competitive appearance as despite returning to training in late November, an illness set back his return to the pitch.
The Northern Ireland international is now fit again and raring to go, though.
He played the second half of the friendly against Uzbek side Lokomotiv Tashkent in Dubai on Saturday and earned praise from the fans after setting up Greg Stewart for Rangers’ sixth goal.
Playing in a competitive cup tie against lower league opposition is the perfect next step for Jones, who is reportedly attracting interest from various English Championship sides [Daily Record].
While he’s been out of the picture, the likes of Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker have been given plenty of opportunities, but neither have been able to impress.
Jones isn’t the finished article either, especially in terms of his end product. However, he is lightning fast and you can guarantee that he’ll be willing to get the ball down and take on full-backs, something that Ojo and Barker have often looked reluctant to do.
An hour at Ibrox this weekend, with a license to create, should do Jones the power of good and outside of Ryan Kent, he’s likely the winger Stranraer’s defenders are least keen on facing.