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"Big-game player" Jordan Jones can become Rangers fan-favourite

The arrival of Jordan Jones at Rangers may have come via a bit of a transfer maze, but there was a feeling that the winger always knew he’d get to the centre of it.

Rangers had a reported £500k bid rejected for Jones back in January 2018 (even before Steven Gerrard) with the Northern Ireland winger clearly earmarked for the club then.

But the player was forced to bide his time at Killie, with Rangers eventually snapping the pacey wideman up when his three-year contract at Rugby Park expired.

Jones has settled in well to life at Rangers and is already making an impression. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Already making an impression at Rangers, it shows just how far Jones has come since being released by Middlesbrough in 2016.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has been praising the winger for the progress he has made [Daily Record], describing Jones as a big-game player.

“The move to Ibrox is one that will give Jordan the opportunity to kick on,” said O’Neill.

“I think he can develop into a top, top player at Rangers. He is confident and positive and likes the big stage. The bigger the game the more Jordan seems to revel in it.”

It bodes well for Rangers fans who – whilst they enjoyed Jones’ enthusiasm for the move – were sceptical the player was of the necessary ability to take Rangers to the next level.

Jones only hit four goals and four assists in 35 games for Killie last year – not league winning returns.

But this is about Jordan Jones developing into a better player at Rangers. A deadlier player in front of goal, a better creator for his teammates, a more incisive decision-maker.

Jones is a popular player on the international stage with Northern Ireland. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Increasing those numbers is what the exciting winger is really missing.

And he’s got the big chance on the big stage to do just that, at a club he supports and clearly loves being at.

If it goes right for Jones, he’s a fan favourite in the making.

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