Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has warned winger Jordan Jones that he must show more on the training pitch if he is going to reclaim his place in the starting eleven.
The Northern Ireland international has missed the last three and a half months due to a knee injury he picked up in September, and asked whether the winger is in contention to face Kilmarnock on Thursday, Gerrard replied:
“Jordan has more training under his belt now. Last week he trained but I didn’t see the real Jordan Jones, the way he was before the injury. If we see that in training this week, then he will give me something to think about.”
Jones generally likes to play off the left-wing but the arrival of Ryan Kent from Liverpool means he is unlikely to get regular game time in his favoured position.
There may be opportunities for him on the other flank, but there is fierce competition for places with the likes of Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield, Sheyi Ojo and Brandon Barker all having been utilised on the right-hand side.
From Gerrard’s words, it appears Jones has a lot of work to do to get back into his first-team plans.