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Michael O’Neill thinks Jordan Jones can be a crowd-pleaser at Rangers

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Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill is backing Rangers signing Jordan Jones to be a hit at Ibrox this season, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

What’s he said?

Jones has featured in Northern Ireland’s last four qualifying matches, so O’Neill is clearly a fan of the new Gers man’s talents.

The former Kilmarnock star joined on a free transfer this summer after signing a pre-contract with the club in January.

O’Neill is now backing his player to excel at club level, believing he can have the kind of crowd-pleasing impact that players such as Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias have delivered over the last 12 months.

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 49-year-old said:

“When you sign a player from Kilmarnock on a free transfer, he maybe doesn’t have the profile of some other players.

“But Rangers may be pleasantly surprised in what they have got in Jordan.

“He has made a big impact in a short space of time and I have a feeling he is someone who will be around the international team for a long time to come.

“The early European games will be good for Jordan because the opposition won’t be as tough.

“He will get the Rangers fans off their seats. I watched a lot of Rangers last season and I saw how the fans react when Ryan Kent or Daniel Candeias get on the ball. Jordan is a player who brings that excitement.”

Improvement needed

Jones plays on the left win so will certainly be eyeing making Kent’s spot last season his own this term.

However, if he’s to be a big hit with Rangers fans then he needs to up his attacking output from his last few seasons at Rugby Park.

The winger has never scored more than four goals in a single season in Scottish football, netting just 11 in 119 appearances for Killie.

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His assist record hasn’t been much more impressive, creating 22 in three seasons, but only four last term.

If he is to win a regular place in Steven Gerrard’s side he will need to up that considerably even if his style of play, as O’Neill claims, is easy on the eye and exciting for supporters.

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