Rangers winger Jordan Jones joined Sunderland on loan in January but he is determined to use the spell to impress.
The 26-year-old was on the fringes at Ibrox this season before being banished from the squad after breaking Covid-19 protocol in November.
He was suspended by the SFA and Gerrard was even harsher by excluding him from first-team affairs.
Jones is now eager to impress on loan, and yesterday scored a brilliant goal for Sunderland to help claw back a point.
As quoted by the Daily Record, he said post-match, “I’ve come here desperate to play football, I’m desperate to play for the club and desperate to help the club get promoted.
“Any time I come on the pitch I’m trying to prove a point. Hopefully today I’ve proved one.
“I’ve come to the club with a lack of match fitness but I think you can see that is coming back.”
Jones scored a sublime effort when he cut in from the left-flank and fired the ball into the top corner from around 25 yards out – just his second goal of the season.
Out of favour
Jones has a big challenge ahead of him if he is going to win back Gerrard’s favour.
He has not shown his quality consistently on the pitch for the Gers and his Covid rulebreaking was a real slap in the face of his manager.
There are signs he is beginning to produce for Sunderland but he would have to impress week in week out to make Gerrard take notice.
His goal was well taken on Saturday but we need to see a lot more from him.
Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo have 17 goals between them, while Ianis Hagi has also got six.
The is strong competition for places in the squad, and the arrival of Scott Wright suggests Jones’ time has come and gone.
If he does well for the rest of the season that could raise his price tag – perhaps Sunderland will be interested in signing him permanently.
That is probably the best we can hope for out of this loan arrangement.
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