Glasgow Rangers winger Jordan Jones is arguably at a crossroads in his career.
The 26-year-old has hardly featured at all for Steven Gerrard’s side so far this season as he finds himself on the fringes of the first-team squad.
This is a player who was expected to have a big impact at Ibrox, a fully-fledged Northern Irish international who has won nine caps for his country, but he was recently dropped by Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough after breaching Covid-19 rules.
Given his age, he still has plenty of time left to grow and improve as a player, yet he is almost certainly going to be sold by Ross Wilson when the winter transfer window opens in January.
Jones has made just three appearances in the Scottish Premiership this season as he was suspended by Rangers along with George Edmundson during an internal investigation into the incident, before they were hit with a seven-match ban by the SFA on top of the initial suspension, which has ruled him out of action for an extended period of time.
Gerrard has made his feelings about the matter pretty clear, having said he was “really disappointed” by their actions in an interview with Rangers TV (as quoted by The Daily Record), although he has also insisted that they can rescue their careers at the club.
But his latest comments have done very little to hide from the fact that Jones has often found himself on the outside looking in, as he has been left on the bench as an unused substitute for a large part of the season so far, whilst he has only played 184 minutes of first-team football in total.
Valued at a mere £540k via Transfermarkt, Wilson should be looking to cash in on the outcast whilst he still can, as his market value is only going to decrease the longer that he is left on the bench.
Former Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan seems to agree, as he told Football Insider: “He won’t play for Rangers again. I just don’t see it.
“He wasn’t in the team much anyway, so he wasn’t doing enough in training and behind the scenes to convince Steven Gerrard.
“Now, he’s broken the rules and broken the trust of his manager, there’s surely no way back for him at Rangers.”
Despite his obvious struggles, with just one goal and two assists in 19 games for the Gers in all competitions, Jones has attracted interest from clubs south of the border, as English Championship clubs Middlesbrough, QPR and Preston North End were all credited with an interest in signing him in the summer after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Gerrard.
Rangers were keen to sign Preston versatile midfielder Daniel Johnson in the summer, so it’s within the realm of possibility that the Lilywhites might be interested in some sort of swap deal involving the Northern Irishman as a paperweight.
If he continues to be benched by the Ibrox boss, then Wilson will surely have no other option than to sanction a transfer for the £9,100-per-week winger, as he could use the funds generated by his potential departure to invest in further additions to Gerrard’s squad.