By Doug Ward

17th Sep, 2020 | 10:24am

Rangers player-plus-cash deal on the cards, club ready to swap centre-mid & forward - report

Preston are ready to do a player-plus-cash deal involving Deepdale star Daniel Johnson and Rangers forward Jordan Jones, according to the Scottish Sun.

The newspaper claims that QPR, managed by ex-Gers boss Mark Warburton, are also interested in signing the 25-year-old Northern Ireland international, who has been on the fringe of Steven Gerrard’s first-team at Ibrox since joining from Kilmarnock last year.

Preston are also understood to be in the hunt to sign Jones and would be willing to consider a “part-exchange” deal including Johnson.

The Daily Record has recently reported that Johnson is on a list of targets that Rangers would consider signing in the late stages of the current transfer window while there has been speculation about a £2million bid being lodged.

Getting rid of a player like Jones, who doesn’t appear to be in Gerrard’s plans and is valued at less than £1million, could be a good way for the Gers boss to be able to get Preston to part company with Johnson.

The Jamaican central-midfielder scored a stoppage-time penalty to help the Lancashire club beat Derby in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night as he made his first appearance of the new campaign.

Jones hasn’t played once for the Light Blues this season and has only been named on the bench by Gerrard in two of the club’s seven Scottish Premiership fixtures.

It has been a disappointing spell for Jones at Ibrox with him struggling with a knee injury for large parts of last season and with the fact he wasn’t high enough up in Gerrard’s pecking order to get many appearances when he was fit.

Stats by WyScout show that the ex-Kilmarnock star failed to score or assist any league goals last term, completed just 75 per cent of passes and 16.7 per cent of crosses.

We wouldn’t miss him if he leaves and if Johnson comes the other way, we’d be quite pleased with that.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish has reacted to an update on Jones’ career at Ibrox.