Former Rangers defender Alan Hutton believes that Jordan Jones could win back his place in the team in a different role to his customary left-sided position.
The winger has not played for Steven Gerrard’s team since picking up an injury when flying into a challenge on Moritz Bauer in the Glasgow derby three months ago, an incident for which he was sent off.
The Rangers boss told reporters yesterday that the 25-year-old is set to miss another couple of games due to a tightness in his quad (via @RangersFC) and Hutton chastised the winger over his “daft” tackle on Bauer in the defeat to Celtic in September.
However, Hutton feels that Jones could come back into the side as a right winger, given the performances of Ryan Kent on the left.
He told Football Insider: “We all know his ability, used to give Rangers a torrid time with Kilmarnock. A daft tackle against Celtic put him out for a long time.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll have learned from that, Gerrard probably gave him a talking to so hopefully he’s had his head down through his injury and when he’s back fit hopefully he can be the man.
“When he played against Rangers he gave them a lot of trouble from the left. Kent’s there at the moment so that’s not an option but that’s (the right-wing role) probably the position that’s up for grabs.”
Hutton’s opinion about the right-wing role being “up for grabs” is a fair one given that nobody at Rangers has truly convinced in that position this season.
Sheyi Ojo, the first choice in that role, has five goals and seven assists in 26 games so far in 2019/20 but has been criticised by some ‘Gers supporters for recent performances against Hamilton and Feyenoord.
By contrast, Kent has exploded into life over the last couple of weeks on the left flank. Having had just one assist prior to the November international break, he has scored three goals in his last two Premiership games either side of setting up a goal against Feyenoord in the Europa League. [via TransferMarkt]
Hutton justifiably feels that the ex-Liverpool man is assured of the left-sided berth given his recent form, while his suggestion that Jones could play on the right is a fair one given that the Northern Ireland international has plenty of previous in the position.
Jones lined up on the right in the Europa League qualifying tie against Progres Niederkorn earlier this season and has played as a right-sided winger or midfielder 42 times in his career, so he should be comfortable in such a role if asked to play there by Gerrard.
Hutton’s view that the right winger position could be “up for grabs” for Jones is an interesting one and it’s one that has merit.
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