Today’s latest loan link for Jordan Jones to Wigan follows the previous one to Ipswich, and regardless of where the NI international ends up at, his Rangers career is over.
In truth, it never really started – an unwanted signing in the first place (by Mark Allen and not Steven Gerrard) Jones was only a fringe man before the red card, then the manager was more scathing about him than he has ever been about any player under his guidance.
And that said it all. Jones’ career was over.
By the winger’s own admission, his training and attitude weren’t good enough, and that led to the boss discarding him. They improved, enough for him to get a match at Fir Park, but it was too little too late and Gerrard, already not the ex-Killie man’s biggest fan, just wasn’t interested.
Now he looks like he’s going on loan for the latest spell. If ever a Rangers player was a million miles away from a new contract, Jones would be it.
It’s such a shame because he does have a tonne of talent and a tonne of pace – you don’t play several times for NI and get a few assists if you can’t deliver.
But as we say, he’s admitted his training hadn’t been good enough, and that’s a permanent black mark against your name with this manager, who is an absolute stickler for discipline and work ethic.
Jones will go out on loan, because he’s not in the Rangers picture at all. There is plenty of wing talent considerably ahead of him, and Scott Wright is definitely among those.
We do wish Jones luck in the future, it’s just a shame about what might have been.