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Jordan Jones' Rangers departure rumours return after disappointing Scottish Cup display

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Rangers got back into action after their mid-season break with a 2-0 Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer on Friday but it's safe to say it wasn't exactly a thrilling return.

The boss, Steven Gerrard, declared himself 'bored' with large spells of his side's display at Ibrox, where he had given Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones, George Edmundson, Andy Halliday and teenager Nathan Patterson rare starts.

It had been a chance, Gerrard confessed, for the incoming players to prove that they could 'affect' the regular starting XI.

However, he was quick to include the caveat, speaking after the game, that 'some people' didn't make the most of the opportunity afforded to them.

While he did clear debutant Patterson of any blame, it is unclear whether or not Gerrard was speaking about Jones.

A section of the club's support did voice concerns over the winger's display on social media, although it should be noted the 25-year-old was making his first competitive appearance since getting injured and sent off in one fell swoop late in the defeat to Celtic on September 1.

In his absence, Rangers have got to within two points of their league leading rivals with a game in hand.

Speculation has linked Jones with a move to his native England this month to reignite his career, although Gerrard seemed to pour cold water on the suggestion last week after the winger's 'really good' friendly cameo in Dubai.

Now the rumours have returned, with the Daily Mail suggesting Michael O'Neill's Stoke City are preparing a £1m offer in a bid to strengthen their squad for the remainder of their Championship survival campaign.

O'Neill's first signing for the club was Northern Ireland midfielder Jordan Thompson while Rotherham's Will Vaulks is also a rumoured target.

Belfast Telegraph