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Jordan Jones: Goal against Rangers was bittersweet, what I had done hit me afterwards

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones celebrates scoring the winner against Rangers in January.
Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones celebrates scoring the winner against Rangers in January.

Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones has admitted his winning goal against Rangers in January was 'bittersweet'.

The 24-year-old signed a pre-contract agreement with the Ibrox club at the start of January and just a few weeks later, he scored the winning goal to help his Kilmarnock side beat his future employers.

At the time, the result saw Killie move above the Gers into second spot in the Scottish Premiership table and to within a point of leaders Celtic.

Since that game, Jones' team have won just one of their last eight league games and have dropped out of the title race. He admits that it was only after the match that the enormity of his goal hit home as he dealt a major blow to the Gers' own league challenge.

"Obviously the game I scored in was a bit bittersweet but that's my job, that's what I've done and that's what I'll continue to do," he said.

"At the time the goal against Rangers wasn't difficult to deal with because you're in the zone, you're playing your game.

"But obviously afterwards it hit me what I'd done. But I'm just doing my job. When the gaffer picks me I go on the pitch and try to do my job.

"Obviously I got some stick off the Rangers fans but that's part and parcel of the job as well.

"When I got released by Middlesbrough there weren't really any clubs throwing contracts at me, so it's a different position. It's hard to deal with in a way, because you know you're going to a club in the same league. I've been trying to focus as much as I can on Kilmarnock."

Jones was left out of Kilmarnock's panel for 'tactical reasons' for his side's 1-1 draw at Ibrox last weekend.

With his move to Rangers drawing closer, he says that he has got advice from the club's Northern Irish trio Kyle Lafferty, Steven Davis and Gareth McAuley on the Ibrox spotlight.

"They've let me know, especially Davo and Laffs," he said. "I've realised myself, and (Kris) Boyd used to play for them (Rangers), and we've had a few words about how I need to conduct myself and how careful I have to be about anything I'm doing.

"Even since the January before when they put in a bid a lot more attention came around me. Since I've signed it's a totally different thing. Even simple things like putting something on Instagram the papers are making stories - not that I've put anything bad on.

"You see that you're right under the microscope. It is preparing me nicely for when I go there. It hasn't changed relations within my club. I think everyone understands football and the way it works. All the lads congratulated me and they know I'll give 100 per cent while I'm still there."

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