Rangers winger Jordan Jones subbed on and off in Northern Ireland win
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Rangers winger Jordan Jones subbed on and off in Northern Ireland win

Rangers winger Jordan Jones was subbed on and subbed off by Northern Ireland manager, Ian Baraclough, in the Euro 2020 playoff semi-final win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Injury problems and a lack of playing time at club level have ensured that Jones has barely featured for his country over the past year to 18 months.

Jordan Jones is coming back into the reckoning for Rangers and Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)”n

However, he started Rangers’ final two Premiership fixtures prior to the international break and then travelled with the NI squad to Sarajevo to take on Edin Dzeko and co.

Jones didn’t make the starting XI, but with the game finely balanced at 1-1, he was brought on to replace Niall McGinn in the 82nd minute.

The 25-year-old barely managed a touch of the ball before the end of normal time, but he was much more involved in the first period of extra time, forcing opposition keeper Ibrahim Sehic into an excellent save with a fierce drive from the edge of the area.

The game turned more and more cagey as penalties loomed, though, and despite his best efforts, Jones wasn’t able to find a winning goal from open play.

To the surprise of the commentators and likely most viewers watching from home, both he and fellow substitute Jordan Thompson were then both taken off by Baraclough on the brink of the full-time whistle, to be replaced by Conor Washington and Liam Boyce.

The uncommon move proved to be a masterstroke, though, with Washington and Boyce calmly slotting home their side’s fourth and fifth penalties in the shootout to send Northern Ireland through to the final.

Jones will now be hoping to stake his claim for a starting berth against Slovakia with big performances in the Nations League.

Baraclough’s men face Austria in Belfast on Sunday before travelling to Oslo to take on Norway on Wednesday.