A rejuvenated Glasgow Rangers loanee Jordan Jones impressed on his Sunderland debut as Lee Johnson’s side stormed to a 3-0 win at MK Dons in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night.
The nine-cap Northern Ireland international had been frozen out under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox but looked sharp from the first whistle on his first start for the Black Cats, as he came agonisingly close to his first assist for the club, only for Jack Diamond to misread the pass.
Chronicle Live’s James Hunter gave Jones a solid grade of 6/10 in his post-match ratings, commenting: ‘A promising debut, but there will be more to come from him.’
If we’re being honest, it was a far cry from what Rangers fans have come to expect from the 26-year-old. No other player was more involved than Jones, who recorded four successful dribbles from six attempts, more than any other player from either side on the night.
Jones was also strong in his individual battles, winning seven out of a possible eleven duels, second only to his teammate Diamond, which shows that he was a force to be reckoned with.
With Scott Wright’s arrival from Aberdeen, it’s fair to say that it will be a long road back to Ibrox for Jones, who has been deemed surplus to requirement by Gerrard.
However, it’s fair to say that the Rangers outcast dubbed a “joy to watch” when on his game, has now put himself in the shop window after his impressive debut performance. It will surely have left Ross Wilson very happy knowing that come the end of the loan deal, the Gers may be able to get a decent fee in for the player and boost their own transfer coffers.
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