Kris Boyd believes his former teammate Jordan Jones can be a big hit at Ibrox next season, suggesting he should be reaching double figures for goals, as reported by The Sunday Post.
Rangers fans have had to wait a long time on seeing Jones in action for Steven Gerrard’s side, having signed a pre-contract with the club way back in January before seeing out the rest of the season at Kilmarnock.
Boyd though obviously knows his game inside out having played and trained alongside him at Rugby Park.
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He reckons the player should be contributing massively next season, telling The Sunday Post:
“Jordan is a very good player. He operates down the left-hand side but is right-footed, so when he cuts inside, the whole goal opens up.
“But he is equally as comfortable going down the outside. Being able to do both in such good measure makes him a nightmare for defenders.
“He has the ability and mentality to cope with playing for Rangers, I’ve no doubt about that. What he does need to improve on, however, is his goals return.
“He knows that himself, and he should be looking to get into double figures at Ibrox because there will be plenty of goalscoring opportunities for him.”
Boyd is right to suggest that Jones should be scoring more goals at Scottish Premiership level.
Over the last two seasons he’s managed to net just eight times, which is a pretty poor return considering he is regarded as one of Kilmarnock’s best attacking outlets.
Theoretically the fact he will be surrounded by better players at Rangers, a team who dominate possession in most of their matches, means he should get more chances in front of goal and up his strike rate next term.
Boyd knows better than anyone what it takes to make the transition from a smaller team to performing consistently for the Gers and if he reckons Jones can take that step then it’s a credible opinion.
Time will tell whether he can be the hit at Ibrox that Rangers fans are hoping for.