Rangers winger Jordan Jones has deleted a frustrated sounding cryptic message on his Instagram story after playing in the 4-1 B team friendly defeat to Dundee United.
Jones was one of a number of first-team fringe players handed an opportunity against the Arabs but who failed to grab it as side full of Academy players fell to an experienced United team.
Jones, 25, has found opportunities limited at Ibrox following an injury in his first season at the club and the message on his Instagram story suggests he is growing increasingly frustrated.
The quote comes from now high-flying Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry, who was writing in the Players’ Tribune about his time with West Brom.
German winger Gnabry joined the Baggies on-loan in 2015 whilst at Arsenal and was eventually recalled in January 2016 after making only one Premier League appearance.
Gnabry, now 25, would join FC Bayern for €8m from Werder Bremen in 2017 and the rest, as they say, is history.
The winger is now an established member of the Bayern first team, winning this season’s Bundesliga and German Cup, scoring five goals in one Champions League match against Spurs, also boasting an incredible record of 13 goals in 13 games for Germany [Transfermarkt].
Here’s what Jones quoted the talented winger as saying:
“I got a 15-minute run at the end of the Chelsea match, and then I wasn’t even in the squad after that.
“I sat in the stands for six months, doubting myself.”
It’s been a frustrating spell at Ibrox for Jones but he was given opportunities to impress in the Veolia Trophy tournament in France.
The winger was unlucky not to score in the 2-0 win against Lyon as his placed effort slid just wide of the post.
Jones was injured in the 2-0 Old Firm defeat in September last season when he was red-carded for clattering into Celtic full-back Patrick Bauer, something which certainly didn’t impress Rangers boss Gerrard.
The winger has struggled to get back into the team since and plays in an area of the squad with strong competition from the likes of Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi.
Whilst Jones might be frustrated, the Northern Irish international certainly won’t be doing himself any favours with this cryptic and public showing of disappointment.