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teven Gerrard has opened up on the decision to sign two SPL players on pre-contract agreements ahead of next season, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
Jordan Jones put pen to paper on a four-year deal, back in January. He’s experiencing a tough time of it at Kilmarnock at the minute. However, he impressed during international duty with Northern Ireland, in March.

Jones flashes a ball across the six-yard box against Belarus. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Jake Hastie burst onto the scene at Motherwell in 2019. He went from a loan spell at Alloa Athletic, to notching six goals in 13 appearances for the ‘Well. He has also signed a four-year Ibrox deal which will kick in over the summer.
“I think when you get a job at a club of this size, you obviously want to make the team stronger and be successful as quick as you can, but you’ve also got to look for the deals out there that are going to help your squad be stronger and also players that are going to help the club for many, many years,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“When those players become available, you’ve got to strike and I think Jones and Jake give us more options in the final third. They give us pace, they give us power, they can both create, they can both score.
“And I think at times and during important times of the season, when I’ve looked to change options or bring people off the bench, we’ve lacked a little bit of quality in the final third.
“So that’s the idea and the reason behind it, two players with big potential and hopefully they’ll come here and fulfil that.”

Hastie is inexperienced, but took to the SPL like a duck to water. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Gers fans should be excited

It’s clear Gerrard thinks the club have done well not only to secure these two players, but to get the deals over the line before the window even opens.
Pace is something the side has lacked at times this season. Other than Ryan Kent, there’s been no out and out speedster available. Eros Grezda was supposed to fit that bill, but it hasn’t worked out for him.
Now, there’s the prospect of fielding a rapid winger on either flank. Jones prefers to hold his width and operate on the left, while most recently, Hastie has played on the right and looked to cut inside.
Both players are still raw and there will be days they don’t get it right. They’ll get the fans off their feet, though, that’s for sure.

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