Rangers have been thwarted in a bid to sign Liverpool starlet Curtis Jones this month, according to Football Insider.
The teenage midfielder caught the eye for the Reds with a stunning strike in the Merseyside derby last weekend, but it is understood that Steven Gerrard has had his eye on the starlet for a long time.
And the Gers made their move earlier this week by registering their interest in taking the youngster on loan until the end of the season with Liverpool.
The report claims that Rangers were knocked back, however, with the Reds stating in no uncertain terms that Jones will not be leaving Anfield this month.
How much of a blow is this for Rangers?
First and foremost, this a massive reflection on how highly Jones is rated at Anfield.
The Reds have been very generous in their dealings with Gerrard’s Rangers in recent times, for obvious reasons.
Ryan Kent has become a runaway success at Ibrox, and while he may not have had to the same immediate impact, the fact that Liverpool entrusted the Gers with Sheyi Ojo says a lot about how mutually beneficial that connection between Liverpool and Glasgow can be.
From a Light Blue perspective, missing out on Jones is a shame, of course.
He might only have five senior appearances to his name so far, but he really does look the part, and his stats read like the numbers of a much more experienced player.
Jones averages a pass completion rate just over 86%, as well as 8.44 successful dribbles per game, as per Wyscout.
There’s a very, very exciting talent in there, and it would have been a joy to see him at Ibrox, but missing out on him isn’t exactly going to derail the title challenge either.
All in all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.