£675k-rated Ibrox-bound star dropped again - should Gerrard be concerned?
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Rangers-bound star dropped again by club side

Jordan Jones is having a difficult time of it at Kilmarnock.
The 24-year-old is set to join Rangers at the end of the season, having signed a pre-contract agreement back in January. 
Shortly after that was confirmed, he scored the winner against his future employers, while enjoying a real purple patch.

Jones and Gerrard embrace after a Scottish Cup tie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, things have went downhill at club level recently.
Jones was left out of the Killie squad to face to face the Gers in the SPL before the international break.

Then, despite starring in two Euro 2020 Qualifiers, he was excluded again for the 5-0 win over Hamilton last week.

It looked as though a rift with manager Steve Clarke, was the only plausible explanation.
However, he made a return to the squad and the starting XI on Wednesday night. The £675k-rated [Transfermarkt] winger played the full 90 minutes away to Hibernian.
He failed to have an effect in the final third, though. Therefore, he found himself relegated to the bench for today’s fixture against St Johnstone at Rugby Park.

Killie ran out 2-0 winners as Jones watched on as an unused substitute.

A star for his country, but a bit part for his club. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Should Gerrard be concerned?

It’s a strange set of circumstances for the Ibrox-bound man.
He’s quickly becoming a star for Northern Ireland, but can’t even be sure of a place in Killie’s 18 at the minute.
However, it’s hard to imagine his dropping is purely performance based.
Clarke knows Jones is on his way out, and so likely has one eye on next season.

Clarke initially stuck with his man, but now uses Jones sparingly. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Gerrard, it’s not ideal that his future player isn’t getting game time.
However, it’s unlikely to make him second guess his decision to swoop.
He knows the wide man is a rough diamond, but performances like the one he put in for Northern Ireland against Belarus, are enough to show he could have an impact with Rangers next season.

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