Jordan Jones Could Have Rangers Fans Forgetting About Ryan Kent

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All summer Rangers fans have been hoping that Liverpool would allow winger Ryan Kent to return to Govan for another season long loan deal.

A few weeks ago Reds manager Jurgen Klopp told the media that Kent wouldn’t be allowed to leave on another loan, if he were to leave Anfield then it would be on a permanent basis:

“But going back? (Only) If Rangers can buy him. The time is over giving him on loan.”

“At a specific age, a player needs to find a place to settle and stuff like this. But we will see. A loan is not planned.”

Via Liverpool Echo

The English transfer window has now shut and Kent hasn’t been sold. Interestingly Liverpool haven’t bolstered their forward areas and have let Harry Wilson join AFC Bournemouth on a season long loan (Source That could see Kent in and around Klopp’s first team squad this term.

Last night Rangers boss Steven Gerrard stated he had once again contacted his former side about loaning Kent and was once again rebuffed:

“But I was told a week ago by Jurgen Klopp that he wouldn’t be going out on loan, so I respect that decision.”

“We checked again a couple of days ago. I spoke to the technical director Michael Edwards. He made it very clear, again, that it wouldn’t be happening so we had to move in a different direction.”

Via Daily Record

The Gers gaffer also said that young Manchester City winger Brandon Barker was taking a medical and it was looking likely that he was in line to join the Ibrox club on a permanent basis.

So it looks like the Rangers support won’t be seeing last season’s hero Ryan Kent back at the Scottish Premiership club for this season.

But I don’t think they should be too disappointed as former Kilmarnock attacker Jordan Jones might be the player that steps into the void.

Earlier in the week I was praising Rangers captain James Tavernier for becoming more consistent in the last two years and for also becoming a better defender. Yet the right-back had a lot of problems whenever he came up against Northern Ireland internationalist Jones.

Jones has electric pace and his dribbling skill-set is also great and sees him get beyond opposing defenders.

Last night Rangers came up against Danish cracks FC Midtjylland in a Europa League away fixture. It was supposed to be a very trick game for the Scottish side but in the end they were clear 4-2 winners.

A big reason for the success in Denmark was due to the contribution that twenty-four year old Jones.

Jordan’s pace on the wing caused the opposition many problems, especially when Rangers went on counter attacks. He’s the type of winger that likes the ball at his feet and he can then directly take it into the final third. Jordan continually beat his marker and his superb close control made it very difficult for the opposition to get the ball off of him. Sometimes the new signing was so fast that his teammates struggled to keep up with him!

Jone was pivotal in Rangers grabbing their second of the evening. The winger took it inside as he brushed aside a challenge to push forward into Midtjylland’s half. He then took on two centre-backs before laying it off to Joe Aribo, who would stick the chance away.

Those type of performances will get Gers fans off their seats.

His boss was very pleased with Jordan’s European performance:

Last season, Jones scored four times for Killie in the Premiership and that was two behind Ryan Kent. The Northern Irishman should be aiming for double figures in all competitions this time around with his new club.

Jordan Jones has the pace and that direct attacking mentality that should see him score more and create more for teammates. He had a tremendous outing last night and that should just be the start of it for him at Rangers.

If he can play with that exciting style consistently and in the big games, then I don’t doubt that Jones can help the Gers support to forget about missing out on Ryan Kent.

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