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Middlesbrough are keeping tabs on Rangers star Jordan Jones ahead of the January window, Football Insider understands.

The Championship club were linked with a summer move for the Northern Ireland international winger along with a number of other clubs south of the border.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Boro are reigniting their interest in Jones at a time when his Ibrox career is hanging by a thread.

The 26-year-old will not be able to play for Rangers until the new year, along with teammate George Edmundson, after both were handed a seven-game ban by the Scottish Football Association for blatant breaches of Covid-19 rules.

Steven Gerrard today left the door open for Jones and Edmundson to resurrect their Rangers careers.

Behind the scenes, the prospects of the senior man, in particular, are far less bright.

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Rangers are planning to offload Jones in January after being left fuming by his involvement in the Glasgow party that has humiliated the club.

The Light Blues don’t expect to get more than around £800,000 for a player who has struggled to make an impact since his free transfer from Kilmarnock in the summer of 2019.

Middlesbrough are set to be in the market for attacking reinforcements in January as they look to maintain their promotion push.

Jones started his career at home-town club Middlesbrough but did not play for their senior team before leaving in 2016.

Jones and Edmundson had already been given a two-week suspension by Rangers and were also issued with fixed penalties by police called out to break up the early-hours get-together in Glasgow’s west end.

Rangers are also leading their own internal investigation that could add to a potential ban and fine.

In other news, there has been a massive twist in Ryan Kent contract talks with Rangers.