Rangers thrashed Motherwell 5-1 at Fir Park on Sunday to continue their impressive start to 2020/21, with Jordan Jones particularly impressive.
The Northern Ireland international came in for his first start of the season at the expense of Romanian winger Ianis Hagi.
Jones scored his team’s third goal of the afternoon and his sparkling performance will have surely piled the pressure on his rival for a jersey.
Hagi had started seven Premiership games this season prior to Sunday, registering three assists and scoring once.
His overall performances haven’t really seen him live up to his £4 million price tag, however, and Steven Gerrard opted to take him out of the spotlight.
In doing so he has given himself a sizeable headache, however, with Jones showing how competent he can be when called upon.
The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to the Championship earlier this summer, with Middlesbrough and QPR both thought to be keen (Sky Sports).
Jones made 22 accurate passes on Sunday and scored with one of his two shots on target (Who Scored).
There is, of course, more to come from the man with nine caps for his country and it’ll take more than a sound performance against hapless opposition to make him a regular.
What was perhaps most impressive about Jones on Sunday was his application.
Some supporters have questioned his commitment to the cause previously but against Motherwell he worked tirelessly, showing a real desire to prove himself.
With Hagi in the squad and Joe Aribo to come back into the team, Jones knows that keeping the shirt will prove a thankless task.
All he can do, however, is continue to work hard and make Gerrard view him as undroppable in the long run.
Hagi cost the club £4 million and he will know in his head that he must start contributing more to the cause.
He scored some important goals last season, most notably his brace against Braga in the Europa League.
At Rangers, the standard is set to high, however, that there will always be someone snapping at his heels for his place.
Jones’ performance on Sunday will undoubtedly give Gerrard some food for thought.