Steven Gerrard has poo pooed any idea Jordan Jones was not a signing he wanted after theories were expressed for some time that the NI winger was a Mark Allen acquisition and not one he approved.
The attacker never gained a foothold in the first team early on, then after his red card found himself completely axed.
Gerrard has spoken properly for the first time about the flanker and has revealed he is a player he wants, wanted, and he has a future with Rangers if his form continues.
The most telling thing about Gerrard’s comments is he has implied Jones was not good enough in training for the majority of his time at Ibrox, and this season has seen a major change in that, which is making him a viable choice again.
The manager said:
Stevie seems to be hinting Jones hasn’t been training great for the past year or so and that’s why he hasn’t been able to get a headway into the team – but the manager is now implying this has changed.
And this line suggests Jones is a signing Gerrard endorsed, but until recently, he hasn’t lived up to what the manager seeks.
In fairness Stevie has history for calling players out, he’s done it with Sadiq, and he did it with Barker, and has even done it with Morelos and Barisic.
It’s had varying levels of success, in most cases it’s worked, and in this case with Jones, the NI winger will probably be pleased to get such a positive review and maybe we’re now going to see the ex Killie man play a lot more.