Wigan Athletic are reportedly keen on signing Rangers’ Jordan Jones this summer, which could be the ideal opportunity for Steven Gerrard to axe him from his squad at Ibrox.
According to the Daily Record, Wigan are poised to make a move for the former Kilmarnock man this summer after he impressed in League One on loan at Sunderland last season.
Jones has managed just 19 appearances for Rangers since joining the club in 2019, contributing just one goal and two assists, so it seems clear that the Northern Irishman doesn’t have what it takes to be a regular in Gerrard’s side.
The 26-year-old was handed a suspension in November 2020 after breaking some of the covid guidelines in Scotland and was subsequently sent out on loan to Sunderland, which was perhaps always likely to spell the end of his career at Ibrox.
During his time in the North East, the winger would make 20 appearances for Sunderland, contributing three goals and four assists, averaging a solid 6.88 rating from WhoScored.
Therefore, it is no surprise to see him attracting interest from an ambitious side such as Wigan, who have seemingly put their financial issues behind them and are now spending big in an attempt to win promotion from England’s third tier.
Gerrard has praised Jones in the past, dubbing him a “real threat” in 2020 but he has fallen well down the pecking order at Ibrox in the past two seasons, with the likes of Ryan Kent, Scott Wright, Ianis Hagi and now Fashion Sakala all arguably better options for the Gers out wide.
It seems clear that the winger will be a fringe option at best for Gerrard next season, and given that his contract at Ibrox is not set to expire until 2023, Rangers may be best served cashing in on him now rather than continuing to pay his wages for another two seasons.
If the reports are true and Wigan do make a suitable offer for Jones, then Rangers should definitely let him go.