Rangers and Celtic set to fight for Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones

A huge battle in the transfer market is set to emerge between Rangers and Celtic this week for the services of Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones, according to TeamTalk.

What’s the word?

Steven Gerrard has already drafted in 12 new signings for Rangers this summer but his work at Ibrox is not yet complete, as an injury to Jamie Murphy has left the Liverpool icon in the market for further additions before Friday’s transfer deadline.

29-year-old Murphy is set to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury and TeamTalk states that Rangers are set to fight with arch-rivals Celtic for the services of Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones in the final few days of the summer window.

Northern Ireland international Jones has snubbed a new offer at Rugby Park and is keen to secure a move away from the club, with Rangers poised to step in with an offer of £500k – but the club are fearful Celtic could match that bid.

Further competition in the market could come from England as Swansea City, Sheffield United and Hull City are also attributed with an interest.

Is he needed?

The injury to Jamie Murphy means that Gerrard needs to find cover in the transfer market before the window shuts at the end of August and Jones could be the perfect choice as he boasts plenty of experience in Scottish football.

Rangers have Ryan Kent and 18-year-old talent Glenn Middleton as options within the squad to fill the void left by Murphy but an experienced addition like Jones is a wise move, easing the pressure on the younger duo.

Both Kent and Middleton are likely to get opportunities this season, particularly if Rangers advance in the Europa League and are forced to battle on two major fronts, but relying solely on the young duo is a dangerous game,

Rangers have also been linked with a £2m bid for Osijek’s Albania international Eros Grezda but Jones has the edge due to his experience in Scottish football, which means he should be able to hit the ground running immediately.