Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that winger Jordan Jones has “got it all to do” as he challenged the winger to “make up for lost time” following his injury problems.
Jones hasn’t kicked a ball since injuring himself in the opening Old Firm game of the season but is finally fit to return to action and Gerrard admits he’s looking forward to seeing the Northern Irishman back in the side.
The Gers boss could bring Jones back for Thursday’s clash with Kilmarnock before heading to Celtic Park a few days later and is hoping for a reaction from the former Killie star.
“This was a huge move for Jordan, one he had his eye on for a long time. For it to come and then for him to miss a big chunk already? He’s got it all to do,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I’m really looking forward to welcoming him back and seeing his reaction from missing such a big part of the campaign.
“He knew himself, you only had to look at his face in the dressing room after that game against Celtic.
“Then in the weeks after it, when he got the news of the extent of the injury, it wasn’t the start to his Rangers career that he would have wanted. He needs to make up for lost time.”
Jones managed ten appearances before injuring himself tackling Moritz Bauer, earning a red card in the process, following his summer move from Kilmarnock.
The winger has missed the entire Europa League group stage campaign and some massive domestic game as Gerrard’s side reached the League Cup final.
Having him back will offer Gerrard something a bit different out wide and it’ll be interesting to see the how he adapts to the Light Blues playing with two narrower number 10s rather than out and out wingers.