Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists he is happy with Jordan Jones’ performances for the Gers in pre-season after the winger was reportedly told he was free to find a new club this summer.

It was claimed yesterday that Jones had no future at Ibrox but Gerrard called the reports “noise” and is adamant it hasn’t come from Ibrox.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 15: Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones of Rangers challenges Evander da Silva Ferreira of Midtjylland during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round Second Leg match between Rangers and Midtjylland at Ibrox Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The former Kilmarnock star seems unlikely to start today’s Premiership opener at Pittodrie but there does appear to be an opportunity there if Jones can take it.

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“I am looking to strengthen in the forward area, but in terms of Jordan, he has come back, trained hard and been focused,” Gerrard said, as quoted by The Herald.

“I don’t know where that noise has come from, but it certainly hasn’t come from our side. Jordan just needs to keep his head down and keep on working hard. What will be, will be.”

 

Jones only managed 14 first-team appearances last season after picking up a knee injury in his Old Firm debut last September which ruled him out for months.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Jordan Jones of Rangers FC looks dejected after the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With the likes of Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi ahead of him, Jones has a huge amount to do to force his way into the starting XI any time soon.

Jamie Murphy’s return from an impressive loan spell at Burton Albion could also add to the competition the Northern Ireland international faces if he is to have a Rangers future.

Three Championship clubs are reportedly interested in taking Jones off Rangers’ hands if Gerrard does decide to move him on – including the wingers’ boyhood club, Middlesbrough.

 

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