Noel Whelan insists that Steven Gerrard has done the right thing in telling Jordan Jones he has no future at Rangers.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the manager’s “ruthless” approach is exactly what players need when discussing their place at the club.

The Daily Record report that Gerrard has told the 25-year-old he has not got a future at Ibrox and that he can leave Glasgow just a year after joining the club.

Whelan insists there is no point giving the winger hope if he does not have a part to play and that Gerrard’s no-nonsense approach is best for all parties involved.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out and I would go with what Steven Gerrard’s doing, there’s no point pussyfooting around with players.

“I believe that players prefer straight-talking and know where they stand with the football club. Now they’re all men here, even if sometimes the game’s not played like that, they’re better knowing that they’re not wanted.

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“If they’re not wanted and there’s better people at the football club, why be paying someone’s wages when you can get them off the wage bill? He doesn’t want to be sitting there in the under-23s playing reserve games, he wants first-team action as well.

“As much as it sounds ruthless, it is actually the best way of dealing with things with players.” 

Jones joined Rangers on a free transfer last summer but played just 14 times across all competitions.

The Northern Ireland international suffered a knee injury against Celtic back in September and featured just three more times in the Premiership.

In other Rangers news, the club have been urged to sign a £2million-rated forward who has ‘given Celtic nightmares’.

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