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Alex McLeish has claimed there is a major “conundrum” facing Rangers winger Jordan Jones after the January transfer window.

The Northern Ireland international sealed a loan switch to League One side Sunderland after falling out of favour at Ibrox in the past year.

McLeish believes that Jones will be either playing for a future move away from the Bears or giving it one last shot to prove himself to Steven Gerrard.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Jordan had to go and get himself playing again.

“Ask any player, what’s best? Doing lots of training to get your form back, no, it’s playing football. Jordan Jones, we thought was capable of doing some great stuff for Rangers, it hasn’t quite materialised.

“Whether he can cement a move elsewhere, or whether it can get him back into the coaches thinking again. So, there are a few conundrums for the player there, the one thing he will be thinking is ‘I want to play every week’.”

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It is hard to see any kind of future for Jones in Glasgow.

The 26-year-old could have thrown his chance away in the past year, first not performing as well as expected, and second, breaking COVID-19 protocols towards the end of last year.

Before that, Jones had only played 152 minutes in the Scottish Premiership, being used off the bench on one occasion to change things for the Bears.

Gerrard will be keeping a close eye on all players currently away from Ibrox on loan, but it would take something very special to change his mind on his future.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish makes worrying claim on Nikola Katic & injury woes

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