Jordan Jones still part of future at Rangers Says Steven Gerrard

The Northern Ireland winger became surpassed his first league begin for Gers due to the fact that August final 12 months as they took on Motherwell.

And he did now not permit the opportunity slip as he fired his first aim for the club for the duration of the Light Blues’ five-1 Lanarkshire rout.

It could prove a large second for the previous Kilmarnock attacker.

He seemed to be heading for the door after suffering to break into Gerrard’s crew and have been touted for actions to several English Championship clubs – including Stoke, Barnsley, QPR, Middlesbrough and Blackburn – ahead of subsequent week’s switch cut-off date.

But his manager is ready to offer him every other chance after looking him tear up Stephen Robinson’s Well facet after changing Ianis Hagi within the starting line-up.

Gerrard said: “I had a sense Jordan changed into going to play nicely due to the fact he changed into in a terrific location whilst he got here on in opposition to Williem II on Thursday.

“That’s Jordan Jones. That’s the Jordan Jones I need to look and I may not accept anything much less than that due to the fact those are his attributes and if he brings that to the desk he is going to be a huge help to us.”

Motherwell’s miserable run of conceding consequences persisted as they gave away first-half spot-kicks – each converted through Tavernier both side of Jones’ elegant strike.

Cedric Itten additionally opened his Gers account after mountaineering off the bench, crashing home spectacularly from the edge of the container before changing from close range.

It was a day of positives for Gerrard as he exceeded former Leicester left-lower back Calvin Bassey a first Premiership begin in location of Borna Barisic – who turned into benched to defend a tight hip.

“Calvin is education ever so properly and probable merits an possibility however whether or not I would have accomplished it at Motherwell away is every other question however Borna has a few tightness up excessive around the hip area so he changed into a chunk of a chance nowadays and I turned into compelled into that one.

“I’m very pleased with the overall performance, I idea our standards at some point of the game have been top. We were given comfortable in the game pretty early while we scored the 1/3 aim and I was happy that the extent never dropped.

“I’m pleased for Cedric he’s come close on a couple of activities. Attacking players love scoring desires so with any luck so that it will hopefully do his self assurance the arena of good.

“Goals are coming from extraordinary regions. The attractive issue as a manager is that everyone’s chipping in and getting dreams.”

Robinson’s team have now given away eight spot-kicks already this time period – with unfastened shots from 12 yards accounting for nearly half of the nineteen desires they’ve conceded thus far.

Well regarded exhausted after being bounced out of Europe via Hapoel Beer Sheva on Thursday and Robinson admitted: “To put it simply, we probable got what we deserved.

“Rangers were the higher side. We regarded absolutely jaded – each mentally and physically.

“The penalty early on kills us. I think this is 8 consequences we’ve conceded now, so it is a statistic which does not read thoroughly.

“The consequences are a difficulty. I suppose it really is 3 or 4 handball consequences now. The rule itself may be very tough for the referees so I’m now not going to criticise them.

“It makes existence tough but permit me reiterate, we didn’t lose the sport because of the penalties. We lost the sport because we weren’t at the races.”