Rangers Should Forget McCormack And Go Back In For Jordan Jones

Rangers have been linked with bringing attacker Ross McCormack back to the club.

The Scottish international seems to have been frozen out at Aston Villa and been told he’s free to move on.

A potential move for McCormark might interest Steven Gerrard, if it’s confirmed that the Ibrox club will be without winger Jamie Murphy for the foreseeable future due to injury.

Murphy crumpled to the plastic turf at Rugby Park on Sunday after an innocuous coming together with former Gers defender Kirk Broadfoot. It’s believed that Jamie could have suffered knee ligament damage and if confirmed then he might well be out for the rest of the Scottish Premiership campaign.

But instead of bringing thirty-one year old McCormack back north of the border, I wonder if Gerrard would be better served by asking Sunday’s Betfred Cup opponents Kilmarnock what it will take to take wideman Jordan Jones off their hands?

The Ibrox club were linked with the player back in January and Kille boss Steve Clarke rejected a £350k bid for the Northern Irishman, deeming it ‘no where near acceptable’‘.

Jones’ performance against Rangers on Sunday must have impressed Gerrard as he was Kilmarnock’s best attacking outlet in that particular game. We know the new Gers gaffer admires his own captain James Tavernier but not for the first time Jordan did extremely well up against the Rangers right-back.

We also know that Steven Gerrard isn’t averse to purchasing players that have dazzled against his own team. The signing of Croatian left-back Borna Barisic is proof of that, with the Glasgow giants buying the defender after his good showing for Osijek against Rangers in the Europa League earlier in the campaign.

Jordan Jones would offer a direct and pacy threat on the left wing. He’s a menace and likes to get to the byline. He can also spin beyond defenders and has the ability to dribble at full-backs and keep them on the back-foot. As well as playing on the left, Jones can also fill in behind the frontman if he’s required.

He’d probably need to improve on his final ball into the box and I’d imagine that the Gers management team would like it if he could also add goals to his game, if they manage to get him up the M77. But being just twenty-three years of age, time is on the winger’s side and Gerrard has already showed that he has the ability to get more out of his players.

Jordan’s form impressed at Rugby Park last term and it was noted by his international boss, with Michael O’Neill giving the Killie man his first senior cap with Northern Ireland back in November.

The issue would be what Rangers should offer Kilmarnock for his services?

Jones only has a year left on his contract and that might see the Ayrshire club lower their £1m fee that they were demanding in January but I still think they’d quickly reject another £350k offer from the Ibrox outfit.

I’d go almost halfway and offer something in the region of £650k and see what Steve Clarke says.

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