Kilmarnock duo could've been featuring for Rangers tonight
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Kilmarnock duo could've been featuring for Rangers tonight

Jordan Jones and Greg Taylor will be focal points in the Kilmarnock attack tonight. Yet, it could’ve all been so different for the pair as they could’ve been featuring for Rangers instead.

Taylor has been a sensational player under Steve Clarke for Killie. He’s one of the first names on the team-sheet under Clarke, and also signed a new contract back in April.

Yet, once upon a time he was in Rangers’ youth set up. Indeed, Taylor spent six years at the Hummel Training Centre (formerly known as Murray Park), before being released in 2014. He signed for Kilmarnock in the same year and has turned into a real asset both offensively and defensively.

Greg Taylor and Jordan Jones are both fine footballers (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He is going to have to be watched by James Tavernier this evening. Taylor enjoys bombing down the left flank and getting beyond the left-winger.

That left-winger is highly likely to be the returning Jordan Jones. The Kilmarnock star has been a constant thorn in Rangers’ side with his incredibly tricky feet and directness. He’s missed the last two matches through suspension, but is available for tonight’s match.

The Jones bid

Rangers were strongly linked with the Northern Irish star back in January. That was during the period that Graeme Murty was trying to clean up the Pedro Caixinha mess.

A bid of around £350,000 was instantly rejected by Killie, who valued their star closer to seven figures. It’s difficult to argue with that considering the impact he’s had at Rugby Park. Rangers subsequently dropped their interest and moved forward. There were rumors of another bid being prepped in the summer, but nothing came of it.

It’s not inconceivable to think that both men could’ve been playing in Light Blue tonight instead of the Ayrshire blue. Instead, it’ll likely be Jon Flanagan or Borna Barisic with Ryan Kent ahead of them in the positions Taylor and Jones would occupy respectively.

The pair could’ve ended up at Rangers instead of Killie (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The pair have to be given the utmost respect, as they’re such a valuable asset to the Killie side. Clarke could throw a curve-ball and throw in Bright Enobakhare. That would be a move that would see Jones dropped to the bench, and Enobakhare has the pace to trouble Rangers at the back.

It’s a highly unlikely move, however, and Rangers are likely to be up against the pair they rejected over the last few years.

It’s going to be an entertaining clash at Ibrox, with Killie looking to hit on the counter. With the likes of Jones and Taylor in their side, however, they have to be respected and not dismissed.