Steven Gerrard should turn to Jordan Jones over the coming weeks as Rangers look to improve their wretched domestic form.
Since the winter break, the Gers have dropped points in four of their eight Premiership fixtures and have been knocked out of the Scottish Cup.
Given that the winter transfer window is now long gone, there’ll be no assistance in the form of new signings for the next few months.
However, results and the standard of performances must be improved and in order to do that, the coaching staff must explore different approaches, both in terms of tactics and personnel.
One player, who has barely been seen since September, is Jordan Jones.
Admittedly, he only has himself to blame for a big chunk of his time on the peripheries. His pretty much self-inflicted injury sustained when lunging in on Celtic’s Moritz Bauer ensured he spent several months out of action.
He served his punishment in terms of time out of the side, but he’s barely been used since, appearing just three times to date in 2020.
Jones was criticised by fans after a lacklustre showing against Stranraer in January, but after over four months on the sidelines, it was little wonder he was rusty. Since then, there have been just two substitute outings in the league, both of which were little more than late cameos.
The reason the recruitment team moved for the player in the summer is because he’s capable of making things happen. Outside of January signing Ianis Hagi, there’s been very little of that kind of spark in the Rangers team since the winter break.
Jones isn’t overly consistent, but he has a better understanding of the league than Messrs Ojo and Barker.
What’s more, he’s shown both for Kilmarnock and at international level with Northern Ireland, that he can go past players and directly contribute to goals. Yet, he’s been given just 13 appearances in Light Blue.
We’ve heard a lot about the fact that Rangers don’t play with out-and-out wingers. They use ‘inside 10s’.
But, after buying a handful in the summer, maybe it’s finally time to start using them.
If not from the start, then when the clock hits the hour mark against Hamilton tonight, why not introduce a bit of extra pace and unpredictability by bringing on Jones?
12 points adrift of Celtic, Steven Gerrard and co need to start being proactive if they are to make the gap a little more respectable by the time the split arrives.