Late last month, a Daily Record report claimed that Steven Gerrard had told Jordan Jones he was no longer a part of the first-team plans at Rangers.
The manager denied this in a press conference a few days later, saying that opportunities would still be there for the winger if he worked hard in training [Scottish Sun].
The Northern Ireland international didn’t feature during the opening day win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie, but when he was introduced off the bench against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night, the report was proven to be wide of the mark.
Of course, it’s still entirely possible that Jones could leave the club before the end of the transfer window.
The same Record report listed Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City as clubs interested in his signature, while TEAMtalk have claimed that Preston, QPR and Barnsley have all also made contact ahead of possible bids.
Yet, it’s clear that for now, the 25-year-old is still very much part of the Gers squad and is someone Gerrard believes is capable of making a difference in big games.
He showed an ability to take on defenders and make things happen during his time at Kilmarnock, while he has also starred when on international duty.
Therefore, while he’s yet to rediscover his best form at Ibrox, unless a sizeable bid comes in, he may well be persevered with.
After the cameo against Leverkusen in which he worked hard without really creating anything of note, he has now made 15 appearances for the club. Jones is yet to score for the Gers but he has registered two assists.