Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has handed George Edmundson and Jordan Jones a “second chance” this week, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Celtic and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the club would have sold the pair if there was no way back for them at Ibrox.

Jones, 26, and Edmundson, 23, joined Sunderland and Derby County, respectively, on loan for the remainder of the season before Monday’s transfer deadline.

The duo were slapped with seven-game suspensions by the Scottish FA in November after they flouted Covid-19 regulations – they have not played for Steven Gerrard’s side since.

However, McAvennie is confident the pair can resurrect their Ibrox career if they impress while out on loan.

“If Jones and Edmundson prove themselves while out on loan, I think they will come back into the fold,” he told Football Insider. “I do not think Gerrard will want to discard them.

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“Stevie Gerrard is a good, young manager. It was not long ago that he was a player so he will understand what they did.

“He is giving them a second chance, otherwise he would have sold them. If the play well they have a chance of coming back in.

“It will be difficult for them though because they are bringing new players in but if they do really well, Stevie will bring them back in.

“Everybody makes mistakes and footballers are no angels, that is for sure.”

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