Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Shrewd work by Stevie may have made a £15M man...


We alluded to this earlier, that with Jordan Jones’ brilliant start to life at Ibrox the need for Ryan Kent has been reduced to practically nil.

This has been reduced even further with the addition of promising Brandon Barker, who we certainly hope will realise the potential he showed against us in Hibs’ colours and provide sustainable competition to Jones on the left.

But this is getting away from the point.

So many Rangers fans rejected the signing of Jones – they dismissed the acquisition as not being good enough. The best player at third-placed Kilmarnock who had scored against us on multiple occasions was not good enough and didn’t have any ‘end product’.

We, without any hint of indignation, point out that we on Ibrox Noise did not ascribe to this, instead suggesting we had a replacement for Kent in the making, that his performances for his national side, which, incidentally, were outstanding, proved he was more than capable of making the step from Rugby Park to Ibrox.

And while he hasn’t actually managed a goal yet, he will, and the quality of his running, his industry, his pace and his pure mischief-making down the left have all more than justified his place in the side - along with his assist in Denmark.

He will have been so disappointed to miss out on a place in the XI v Killie – it was certainly a curious decision seeing Scott Arfield over there instead. But he handled it impeccably when he was brought on, and took his performance to a new level against Hibs.

The difference here with his ‘predecessor’ of course is that Kent took till around December to actually get going – Jones has hit the ground running.

He has the pace, he has the skill, and he has the power. We admit he might not quite have the low centre of gravity that Kent has, with the tricks and traps that entails, but he has everything else and international caps too.

Steven Gerrard did well here. Rangers’ scouting did well here. Another top class signing plucked for minimal outlay (in this case nothing) from a rival side and who has fit into our shirt like a glove.

It was said, even by Stevie himself, that Jones had ‘announced’ himself on Sunday as a Rangers player. We still disagree. We saw it from the start, and even before it was official. You don’t play as well as he did for his country if you’re not a player. And some even rejected any notion he could become worth as much as £15M. Well, he can’t be, he’s a Rangers player, right?

And Jones is a Rangers player now.

What a signing.

5 comments:

  1. Jones has been great and I have often questioned the absolute desire to get Kent back when we have Jones and Murphy.

    The Murphy situation is showing though. He is obviously struggling and needs minutes on the pitch and by all accounts from Gerrards comments doesnt sound like he will get the opportunity with us moving forward.

    The sigining of Barker is Gerrard showing confidence in Jones in my opinion. £15 million? not yet. but at the end of the season and a consistent season, why not.

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  2. The challenge for Jones like many others is whether he is capable of playing for a club the size of Rangers and all the pressure that goes with it. Early days, but so far so good.

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  3. He did announce himself as a Rangers player on Sunday,it was the first time that he showed that he had the skills to make an impact over the full 75 mins he was on.Nobody thought he was a bad player , certainly the boss rated him enough to sign him , but there is always a doubt that he could do it for a big club against opponents who sit in.On Sunday he proved he could and this followed on from a good display in Denmark and don`t get hung up if he doesn`t play every game we have lots of alternatives now and some games like Kilmarnock we will choose to play without out and out wing men.Its horses for courses , so lets trust the boss to get it right.

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  4. Good article and discussion, thanks Ibrox Noise.
    JJ will run riot against Celtic, they won't have a Cluj.

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    1. Jones isnt a bad player and im a N.I. fan but Ryan Kent is a classier and better player np

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