Rangers have been knocked back in their bid to sign Liverpool attacking midfielder Curtis Jones in recent days, Football Insider has learned.
The Scottish title chasers were keen on landing the 18-year-old on loan for the rest of the season before his wonder FA Cup goal on Sunday forced a transfer U-turn from Jurgen Klopp.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider the club registered their interest in recruiting Jones this month but have now learned he will not be leaving Anfield.
Steven Gerrard and Rangers director of football Ross Wilson had seen the versatile teenager as capable of providing the kind of star quality they need in the second half of the campaign.
Gerrard has had great success in using his Liverpool connections and knowledge to take rising stars north of the border over the last 18 months.
Ryan Kent, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo have all made the move from the Champions League holders, with the former converting his initial loan to sign permanently in a £7.5million deal last summer.
Jones is regarded even more highly by Liverpool and has already made five first-team appearances.
Klopp has made it clear to the rising star and the many clubs interested in taking him on loan that he will now be staying for the rest of the season as he could have a big role to play.
The teenager was the star of a superb performance from a fledgling Liverpool team that knocked Everton out of the FA Cup last Sunday, scoring a magnificent goal that will go down in the annals of the competition.
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