Jordan Jones was offered a fresh start at Sunderland in January after falling out of favour under Steven Gerrard at Rangers, and Keith Gillespie, who was capped 86 times for Northern Ireland, has exclusively spoke to Football FanCast about how Jones must leave Rangers this summer.
Jones was one of two Rangers players that breached COVID restrictions in November which saw him suspended and sent out on loan to Sunderland as they pushed for a place in the League One play-offs.
The 26-year old has become a reliable squad player under Lee Johnson who has started him in 11 league games this season and his three goals and willingness to run at defenders helped the Black Cats secure a fourth-place finish.
Jones had only been handed two league starts this season before his COVID breach which signals his time was probably already up at Rangers, and Gillespie exclusively told FFC that Jones must leave the Scottish champions this summer:
“I think there’s no doubt he needs to leave Rangers because there’s been a few problems there and I suppose breaking COVID rules a while back didn’t help – that was a really stupid thing to do.
“So there was no way back for him after breaking COVID rules and I think there is no way he goes back to the Rangers.”
Gerrard managed to cope fine without Jones for the second half of the season as he guided Rangers to a record 55th SPFL title and in the process, stopped their rivals, Celtic, from winning their 10th league title in a row.
Jones’ versatility has proved vital for Johnson at Sunderland especially given the number of injuries he has had to contend with at the back end of the campaign.