Steven Gerrard told Jordan Jones that his career at Rangers isn’t over after he was sent out on loan to Sunderland in January.
Earlier this season, Jones, 26, was suspended for breaching COVID-19 rules alongside George Edmundson when the pair attended a party.
Ex-Rangers forward Steven Naismith dubbed Jones as “easily expendable” at the time. However, Jones has suggested that in a phone call with Gerrard ahead of his loan move to Sunderland, he was told that he might still have a chance to impress in Govan.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Jones said: “The manager called me and wished me all the best. He told me to go down and to do well and more importantly to enjoy my football again.
“I really appreciated that and he told me to go and do the best I can and then we can look at things again in the summer.
“The manager has told me the door isn’t closed on me at Rangers.
“I just need to focus on Sunderland and I watch from afar and hope Rangers can also be successful come the end of the season.”
No way back for Jones
We don’t feel Jones should be welcomed back at Ibrox.
He, Edmundson and the recent five players who broke COVID guidelines to attend parties are complete idiots who have besmirched the name of this football club and could have done a heavy deal of damage against the bid to win the Premiership title.
They simply don’t get Rangers in our eyes.
Jones is on loan at Sunderland at the moment and has quite a big chance to prove his worth to Gerrard but can he do anything in England’s League One to make the Rangers manager forget about his transgression earlier in the season?
Since joining Sunderland, Jones has made four appearances in all competitions, starting just one match in League One. He was hooked off after less than an hour in a defeat to Shrewsbury on that occasion.
The Northern Ireland international was an unused substitute on Wednesday night as Sunderland beat Lincoln on penalties to reach the EFL Trophy final. That could say a lot about him going forward.
If he’s struggling to start for a third-tier team in England, can he be an asset at Ibrox? We really doubt it and that’s before you consider his COVID breach.
In other Rangers news, Alfredo Morelos’ agent has hit out at the SFA amid a new development at Hampden.