Alan Hutton has said he is disappointed that Jordan Jones appears to be on the verge of leaving Glasgow Rangers.
Jones signed on a free transfer from Kilmarnock only last summer, but he managed just 15 appearances in all competitions during his first campaign at the club, and his red card against Celtic was unfortunately emblematic of his time with the 54-time Scottish champions.
Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough has urged Jones to move clubs, whilst it has been reported Steven Gerrard has told him he can depart during this transfer window. Talking to Football Insider, Hutton has said he is disappointed with these latest developments. He explained:
“It’s been disappointing overall if we do look at it. It’s his boyhood club, I always thought he did have the ability to play on that stage, I just think he got a little bit over-excited in the Celtic game and it did him more harm than good.
“I can see what he was trying to do, it’s not worked out and it’s hampered him from there. I do believe there’s a really good player in there, the problem with him there are players in front of him that are playing well and it’s going to be difficult to move them out the team.
“To play international football, you really need to be playing at club level consistently at a good level so I can totally see why the manager wants him to try and get him a move, he’s one of their better players, they need him playing and he wants him for the international scene.
“I understand why that chat’s taken place.”
Jones was an important player for Killie, making 119 appearances in all competitions during the three seasons he spent with the club, and he also managed 11 goals and 22 assists. Unfortunately for him, it just hasn’t worked out at Ibrox, but he is only 25, and therefore he has plenty of time to get back on to the right track.
Should Jordan Jones leave the club?
Given he is yet to play a single minute this campaign, a departure from the Gers appears to be the best possible outcome for all involved.
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