Jordan Jones is “very fortunate” to have signed for Sunderland on loan after stepping out of line at Rangers this season, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Glasgow giants have completely lost faith in the Northern Ireland international after he breached social distancing guidelines earlier in the campaign.

Football Insider revealed on Friday the 26-year-old had a medical booked on Wearside after Rangers gave the green light for him to leave, with the move announced on Friday evening.


Jones has not featured at all for the Gers since being fined by police and suspended by both the club and the SFA for attending a party during the Scottish lockdown in November.

The winger featured four times across all competitions and scored one goal before being castigated by Rangers.

Whelan believes the Light Blues will be happy to get him out of Glasgow this month and insisted the attacker should consider himself lucky to have been given the opportunity by Sunderland.

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Whelan told Football Insider: “I think Rangers are happy to get him out the club now.

“He’s very fortunate that he’s got a club like Sunderland that are willing to take him on and trust him because he’s obviously lost the trust of the manager and the club with the way he has behaved and offered nothing in the season, you can’t have players like that at your football club.

“They’re trying to bring in a different culture at Rangers and you can see that. These are the sort of players that they don’t want to have at the football club, where you can’t trust them.

“It’s alright watching them at the ground but you’ve got to turn into a man and be trusting them off the field while you’ve not got eyes on them. Clearly, he’s let the club down and let himself down, so I think both will be very happy.

“I think he’ll be very happy he’s got a club willing to place trust in him, where he can rebuild his career again and Rangers happy to get somebody off the books they can’t trust and don’t want at the football club.” 

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