Rangers make emphatic decision in hunt for international attacker after bid tabled - report
Rangers have emphatically decided to cool their interest in Northern Ireland international Jordan Jones, according to a report.
The Evening Times claim the Gers have “cooled” their pursuit of bringing the Kilmarnock attacker to Ibrox after seeing a bid thrown out by the Rugby Park club.
Gers boss Graeme Murty has overhauled the squad he inherited from Pedro Caixinha in October and is understood to have viewed the 23-year-old as an improvement on the players currently at his disposal but appears unwilling to meet Kilmarnock’s valuation of Jones.
The Gers have already signed Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss and Russell Martin this month while Carlos Pena has gone in the opposite direction and linked up with former Ibrox boss Pedro Caixinha at Mexican side Cruz Azul.
Jones has made 26 appearances for the Rugby Park side this season and recently made his international debut for Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifying playoff defeat.
Football Insider verdict
Jones not signing for Rangers is no great loss to anyone other than Kilmarnock’s bank manager. The attacking winger doesn’t look like he would be challenging for a first-team place after the signing of Jamie Murphy and form of Daniel Candeias so Rangers fans won’t lose any sleep after the Gers backed away from a move. After Kilmarnock rejected a bid for the winger and reportedly demanded £1million, it was a no-brainer that the Ibrox giants looked elsewhere at more reasonably priced targets. Jones will probably go the way of Jamie Walker and leave in a cut-price deal to a lower league team down south for less than Rangers originally offered.
In other Rangers news, an English club is interested in a swoop for this Gers defender after contract negotiations begin.
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