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Jordan Jones happy to 'repay' Kilmarnock with winner against Rangers

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones celebrates his winning goal with manager Steve Clarke.
Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones celebrates his winning goal with manager Steve Clarke.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Jordan Jones didn't hide his delight on scoring the winner in Wednesday evening's clash with Kilmarnock.

The Northern Ireland winger found the bottom corner to seal a 2-1 comeback victory after Jermain Defoe had given Rangers an early lead.

As regards footballing twists, this one is up there with the strangest. Jones, of course, has already signed a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers in the summer and, just a few weeks later, has hampered their chances of landing the league title prior to his arrival.

Celtic are now three points clear of their Glasgow rivals and Hoops fans, buoyed by their own 4-0 win over St Mirren, have taken to social media to celebrate Jones' goal.

But it was a strike that keeps Killie just a point off top spot - little wonder, then, Jones was pleased with his efforts and did little to hide it, running straight to manager Steve Clarke, who had encouraged supporters to get behind his player.

 “I think obviously there was a lot of things going into the game," he said, having been open about his desperation to win back the fans who were disappointed at his reaction to penning his Rangers deal.

“The gaffer put his trust in me as he always does. It was good to repay him and the lads. The lads have been brilliant with me since everything happened.

“To a man we were different class tonight. Tonight was just about the team. We all worked our socks office and it was just good to get the winner.”

As Jones was cheered off when replaced in injury-time, it's safe to say his efforts have gone a long way winning back the favour of the Kilmarnock support.

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