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Dream come true: Northern Ireland winger Jones seals Rangers move with Premier League duo to follow


Jordan Jones has signed for Rangers
Jordan Jones has signed for Rangers

Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones and Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara have both signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.

Both players, who are available on free transfers at the end of the season when their respective deals expire, had medicals on Friday and will move to Ibrox on four year contracts come the summer.

Jones, who made his NI debut in 2017, said the move is a dream come true.

“Unbelievably proud day for me and my family," he tweeted. "I’ve waited for this moment for a long time and today is a dream come true!

"I’ve said it before and will say it again I couldn’t be more grateful to Kilmarnock for their support and backing the last 3 years. Without them I couldn’t have achieved this dream. I have give everything for the club and will continue to do so. Thankyou".

Rangers had bids rejected for Jones last summer as Kilmarnock held fast to their £750,000 valuation of the player.

And with his side just a point off the top of the table, Killie boss Steve Clarke insists the winger will not be allowed to move this month either, instead resigning himself to losing the Middlesbrough-born man for nothing at the end of the season.

Finland international Kamara, meanwhile, joined Scottish football in 2017 when he left Arsenal to sign for Dundee.

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is set to have a medical on Saturday before his expected move to Rangers on an 18-month loan deal is confirmed - most likely on Sunday. The Cherries have inserted two recall options in the deal - one in the summer and one in January 2020.

The former England international has played only 21 minutes of Premier League football for Bournemouth this season, adding to just 11 league starts for the Cherries last season.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis will also arrive but his permanent move from Southampton may not be completed until Tuesday.

Both Defoe and Davis will be present as Gerrard takes his squad to Tenerife for warm-weather training over the winter break.

The pair could then make their first appearances in the Gers' Scottish Cup tie away to Cowdenbeath on Friday, January 19, with a Ladbrokes Premiership fixture against Kilmarnock the following midweek.

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis has claimed that Davis will help to fire Rangers to new heights.

"I think if you asked every single Rangers fan 'Would you like to see Steven Davis back at your football club?' then they would say yes," Magennis declared. "Would he improve their team? Massively. Would he push Steven Gerrard's team on to another level? I have no doubt that he will."

Meanwhile, Celtic have signed Scottish international Oliver Burke on loan until the end of the season. The winger will join up with Brendan Rodgers' side in time for their winter training camp in Dubai. Burke, 21, arrives from West Brom, where he has struggled for game-time since joining from Red Bull Leipzig in 2017.

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