Attacker moves south and Rangers (finally) move on

Attacker moves south and Rangers (finally) move on
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Rangers have today confirmed the permanent exit of Jordan Jones to Wigan, for a fee believed to be around the six-figure mark.

It had been suggested this was to be another loan for the ex-Killie man, but the permanent contract is now signed and Jones is no longer on Rangers’ payroll.

It brings to an end a player who Steven Gerrard never wanted in the first place, and despite the lad’s clear talent, whose attitude and training left a lot to be desired.

The reality is the red card AND the Covid breach had nothing to do with Jones’ exit. Not a thing. Jones was barely in Stevie’s thinking before the red card, with some sub showings and the occasional start here and there, the red card just compounded the manager’s caution about this kid and made him extremely angry.

The red card didn’t end Jones, it just made it worse for him.

After that he, along with Greg Docherty, became bywords for players who fans loved, who wanted to see more of, but whose manager didn’t agree.

And with Docherty ending up in League One (he got promoted at Hull to now be Championship) and Jones also ending up in England’s third tier, it gives some idea of the players who just aren’t good enough for Rangers any more.

Jamie Murphy, Ross McCrorie – there’s a reason these guys don’t get snapped up by big high-quality teams, and a reason why Aston Villa wanted Joe Aribo before he joined us instead.

Jones is another. He can play, yes, but he needs to buck up that attitude and professionalism because he’s now on a permanent deal, and he’s not playing for one any more.

He’s not a bad lad, but it just didn’t work out.

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