Ex-Rangers star scores in shootout win after months out of starting XI
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Ex-Rangers star scores in shootout win after months out of starting XI

Former Rangers star Jordan Jones returned to the Wigan Athletic starting XI for the first time in months and scored from the spot in a penalty shootout win over Accrington Stanley on Tuesday.

Jones showed glimpses of quality during his time at Ibrox, providing a crucial assist in a Europa League qualifying win over Legia Warsaw and scoring a fine solo goal in the Premiership against Motherwell.

Jones finishes brilliantly in a behind-closed-doors Premiership clash at Fir Park in September 2020. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, a lack of discipline on and off the pitch, inconsistency and a number of niggling injuries ensured his two-year stint wasn’t a successful one.

After a loan spell at Sunderland during the second half of last season, he was sold by the Gers in August to Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old landed a three-year deal with the Latics and impressed supporters during the opening stages of the season.

However, he’s dropped well down the pecking order recently, only featuring twice in League One across October and November.

Before Tuesday night’s trip to Accrington in the EFL Trophy, his most recent start had come in the EFL Cup in September.

Jones was relatively lively in the game and tested the opposition keeper from distance in the first half.

His main contribution came after normal time, though.

Former Rangers winger Jordan Jones has been struggling at Wigan but he scored in a penalty shootout win on Tuesday. (Photo by Will Matthews/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With the teams locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout was required and Jones stepped up first for the visitors.

The Northern Ireland international fired emphatically into the bottom left corner and after eight other players also successfully converted, Wigan keeper Jamie Jones saved Ethan Hamilton’s spot kick to secure their progression to the Round of 16.

Jones will be hoping he did enough to keep his spot for Wigan’s trip to Colchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The winger isn’t exactly thriving after leaving the Gers but perhaps he’ll finally be back in manager Leam Richardson’s good books after this latest contribution.

Rangers are taking on Hibernian tonight in Leith and here’s our Predicted XI for the game.

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