Jordan Jones will not feature for Rangers in their Europa League clash against Braga later this month after he was left out of Steven Gerrard’s squad for the tie.
The winger has been omitted from the contingent to face the Portuguese side on February 20th, but places have been given to January arrivals Ianis Hagi and Florian Kamberi, as per UEFA’s official website.
Jones missed a large part of the first half of the season after picking up a ligament injury during the first Old Firm clash of the campaign back at the beginning of September.
The 25-year-old has recently made a return to competitive action, and has featured in matches against Stranraer and Ross County since the Gers came back from their winter break.
He also made a nine minute cameo in last night’s 2-1 win over Hibernian at Ibrox, but was not included in the squad to face Aberdeen over the weekend.
And it would appear that Gerrard believes he can manage without him in Europe too, with the Bears set for their round of 32 double-header in a fortnight’s time.
Is this the right decision from Gerrard?
You’d have to say that it feels a little harsh on Jones.
The Northern Irish international looked destined for a move away from Ibrox in January, as per the Daily Record, but the fact that Gerrard saw fit to keep him in Glasgow seemingly suggested that he had plans to utilise him in the second half of the season – a notion reinforced by his inclusion in three matches since the winter break.
It’s not even like he’s playing particularly badly either.
As per Wyscout, he has 11.74 successful dribbles per game to his name, plus 5.71 accurate crosses. Those are the kind of numbers you want from a wide man.
The only thing you can say is that Gerrard will obviously have his reasons, and all we can do is trust that the boss has gotten this call right.
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