Rangers boss Steven Gerrard made his feelings towards Jordan Jones clear following his side’s 5-1 win over Motherwell on Sunday afternoon, as captured by RangersTV.
The winger has been linked with a move away from Ibrox [TEAMtalk] and has been on the peripheries of the first team for some time.
However, he made his first Premiership appearance of the season and first start in any competition since January at Fir Park and grabbed the opportunity to impress.
The Northern Ireland international was full of running during his 76 minutes on the pitch and made a big contribution to the win with a fine first-half goal.
“He deserved his opportunity because he came in on Thursday and put in a real strong cameo,” said Gerrard, as captured by RangersTV. “He’s been training well. He seems focused and he’s got his head down.”
“That’s the real Jordan Jones that we saw today. Pace, a threat, quality, taking goals. I won’t settle for any less than that because I know what he can bring and that’s the reason we brought him to the club.”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 27, 2020
Gerrard gives his opinion on Rangers winger Jordan Jones – Verdict
It’s clear that the Gers boss rates Jones highly as a player but perhaps feels a little shortchanged by what he has offered since joining the club last summer.
This was just his 17th Rangers appearance and the goal his first.
It seems that the manager has been unhappy with the winger’s attitude at times but that recently he’s offered a lot more in training, ultimately earning himself a spot in the starting lineup.
Jones certainly brought the kind of pace and energy that has sometimes been missing from the right flank in away games and he took his goal superbly well.
The 25-year-old may not make the team every week going forward but whether it’s from the start or off the bench, Gerrard wants to know that he has an impact player he can rely on across the whole season rather for a few games at a time.