Rangers ace needs to grasp next chance after Ianis Hagi fluffs Europa League lines
Rangers enjoyed a night to remember in the Europa League as they defeated Standard Liege 2-0, with James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe firing the Ibrox-based outfit to victory.
The Gers haven’t named Jordan Jones in their 25-man Europa League squad but a door could be quickly swinging open for him to stake a claim for a regular place in the team.
Ianis Hagi made his loan from Genk permanent during the summer but he just continues to struggle to gain any real consistency when called upon by Steven Gerrard.
Last night in Liege the Romanian failed to make one successful dribble beyond his opponent and that has to represent a real cause for concern.
The problem for Hagi is that when called upon this season Jones has looked in decent shape. He scored a decent goal against Motherwell and was perhaps unfortunate to not get a start against Celtic.
It doesn’t seem too long ago that Jones appeared to be on borrowed time. The 25-year-old was linked with a move but in fairness, he has knuckled down and this season has started to show flashes of promise.
Hagi is still a young player but with Rangers firing on all cylinders right now, he really does need to buck his ideas up and improve his performances.
His numbers this season suggest that Gerrard might not be willing to drop him any time soon. In all competitions, he does have seven assists, with five of those coming in the Premiership.
Hagi has found the net just once though and that might not be enough, considering he earns around £19,000-a-week at Ibrox.
Failing to dribble past his opponent against Liege isn’t a great statistic for the youngster.
If Jones is handed a chance to impress in the near future he must be ready to seize the moment and ensure he makes himself undroppable in the eyes of Gerrard.
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