Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has confirmed his side rejected a bid from Rangers for Northern Ireland forward Jordan Jones – and Rangers fans have blasted the Killie boss for his comments over the bid.
Clarke described Rangers’ bid as not being to his liking after STV‘s Raman Bhardwaj revealed the Gers offered £350,000 potentially rising to £500,000 for the 23-year-old wide-forward.
“Nowhere near acceptable,” Clarke said, as quoted by the Press Association’s Ronnie Esplin on Twitter.
“I would be a little bit sad if I was the player, it was so low. Easy to turn down.”
Steve Clarke confirms @RangersFC bid for Jordan Jones “nowhere near acceptable. I would be a little bit sad if I was the player, it was so low. Easy to turn down.”
— Ronnie Esplin (@RonnieEsplin) January 15, 2018
Rangers fans were less than impressed with Clarke’s comments and urged the Gers to move on rather than pay over the odds.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Very classy of him , clown.
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) January 15, 2018
He's worth no more than 500k. He's just a younger Michael O'Halloran. Bags of pace that he wont get to use against 10 men behind the ball. Move on.
— smacle (@smacle6) January 15, 2018
Jordan Jones looks a young talent. But £1,000,000 is nonsense.
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) January 15, 2018
Jones has scored three times in 25 appearances for Killie this season and has a total of six in 68 games since joining the Rugby Park side in 2016.
The Gers have already signed Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss on loan until the end of the season and are expected to secure the signings of Russell Martin and Jason Cummings over the next few days, according to the Scottish Sun.
Manager Graeme Murty has wasted no time in revamping the squad he inherited from Pedro Caixinha in October as he looks to secure second place in the Scottish Premiership and land the manager’s role on a long-term basis.
Jones has one cap for Northern Ireland after making his debut in the World Cup qualifying playoff defeat to Switzerland.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are expected to announce this done deal within hours after a medical is scheduled.
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