Alan Hutton has tipped Steven Gerrard to start Jordan Jones ahead of Ianis Hagi when Rangers host Galatasaray on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender believes that the Ibrox boss will look to use the 25-year-old’s pace to try and hurt the Turkish giants in their Europa League qualifying play-off.
Jones made his first start of the season and scored against Motherwell on Sunday, while £3m summer signing Hagi came on as a substitute for the final 15 minutes.
The Romania international started and played the full 90 minutes of the Gers’ win over Willem II in the last round.
However, Hutton believes that Jones’ impressive display on Sunday, coupled with his natural pace, will keep him in the side at the 21-year-old’s expense.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Barisic I think will come in for his experience and his know-how at that sort of level but Hagi I’m not sure, you know.
“I think Jones has done ever so well, he’s got something different, he’s not scared to take people on and he looks confident at the moment. Hagi is that different type of player, he floats in and out.
“Yes, he can create things but he’s not really going to hit anyone with that sort of pace. I just wonder if Gerrard knows it’s going to be a difficult game – he’s favoured the likes of Barker and Kent so I wonder if he’s going to do the same sort of thing and rely on some pace to make opportunities.
“It’s one to look out for but I would give Jones a shot at it and see how it goes.”
Jones has struggled for game time since his move to Rangers after he picked up a knee injury in the defeat to Celtic last season.
He made just 15 appearances last term and has played just twice so far this campaign.
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