Friday, 30 August 2019

Real winner yesterday wasn't Morelos - Gerrard with decision to make...

So we’re all still high after yesterday’s stunning UEL win and today’s draw which partnered Rangers with some of the cream of Europe in Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord for six epic glamour ties.

There really is a lot to look forward, and we’ll get on with the Celtic match over the course of tomorrow as well, but something which has been maybe a touch forgotten with the fervour of yesterday’s massive achievement is the man who led to the goal.

And we don’t mean Alfredo Morelos.

A sumptuous piece of wingplay then immaculate delivery from substitute Jordan Jones was the real moment this game was won – of course Morelos’ finish was clinical and his positioning astute, but Jones’ assist was absolutely glorious and yet another nail in the coffin of the Ryan Kent brigade.

Even some of us on here have been singing the virtues of bringing Kent back to re-energise the side and bring the pace back – the main reason, perhaps, for this lack of pace, indeed, is the in-and-out nature of Jones.

The NI international has been stellar since he arrived, making a mockery of claims he has no end product. But he hasn’t really had a stable run in the side yet.

While he has not yet scored, he has given some big assists, and none were bigger than that outstanding cross to feed Morelos.

Make no mistake, he made it a much easier finish for the Colombian than it might have been, taking both defenders completely out and laying it on the hitman’s head.

And this is why Jones has to start on Sunday. He is, without any doubt, our best option on the left – he is a natural left winger even if he’s right footed, and no one in our lineup gives the sheer energy and pace that he does.

He also showed his ability to do it at the top levels by laying Morelos’ winner on a plate for him.

Jones is something special, and we really want to see more of him.

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