Jordan Jones‘ time at Glasgow Rangers appears to be over after Steven Gerrard reportedly told the winger that he is free to find another club.
The Daily Record reported that the manager has informed the Northern Ireland international that he is not in his first team plans for the upcoming season and that the Ibrox club won’t stand in his way if he wants to move on and play elsewhere.
Jones, signed from Kilmarnock on a free transfer last year, never bounced back from his red card against Celtic towards the end of their derby defeat last September. He injured his knee in the challenge on Moritz Bauer which led to his dismissal and was duly sidelined for more than four months.
Even after returning to fitness, his only start came in the Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer and he barely even featured off the bench in subsequent Premiership games (as per TransferMarkt). His demotion to the Light Blues’ second team for their recent friendly against Dundee United made it clear that Gerrard views him as a peripheral player.
Jamie Murphy featured in only two games (both as a substitute) before being loaned to Burton Albion in January. Brandon Barker made just 12 appearances, eight of those off the bench, and has been much-maligned by some supporters.
Meanwhile, Glenn Middleton didn’t even get a game for the ‘Gers last season and his loan spells at Hibernian and Bradford didn’t work out, playing just 11 times in total for those two clubs (as per TransferMarkt).
Jones may not have been a favourite of Gerrard at Ibrox but he at least featured 14 times last season either side of his injury, as many appearances as the other three Kent alternatives combined.
Still, the manager clearly has no place for him at the club, which leaves three rarely-utilised backup options on the left flank.
Which player is most likely to challenge Ryan Kent for his place in the team?
Even if Kent manages to avoid injury or suspension over the coming months, he may well need to be rested at some point, so Jones’ ostracisation could present Murphy, Barker and Middleton with a real opportunity to carve out a more regular first team role this season.
‘Gers fans, would it be a mistake by the club to let Jones leave or do you have faith in the other alternatives to Kent? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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