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Northern Ireland winger set to complete Rangers medical as Gerrard prepares to secure four new signings

Jordan Jones.
Jordan Jones.

Rangers are ready to secure the signing of Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis and could soon bring in another of his international team-mates.

Davis will join NI defender Gareth McAuley and striker Kyle Lafferty at Ibrox but boss Steven Gerrard wants to take his tally of Northern Irishmen to five (counting Lee Hodson, who is currently on loan at St Mirren) with the signing of winger Jordan Jones on a long-term deal this summer.

The 24-year-old has netted nine Scottish Premiership goals since joining Kilmarnock in 2016 and is available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer. Killie are understood to be aware of Rangers' interest.

Both Jones and Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara are expected to undergo medicals at Rangers today before signing pre-contract agreements.

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.

"This window we don’t have to sell — and we don’t want to sell," Clarke said last month.

“He is enjoying his football and in the last few weeks he has come back to something approaching his best form. He has been great for us and I look forward to working with him until the end of the season. Then his career might go in a different direction."

Former Rangers favourite Lee McCulloch has urged his old side to be the ones to lure Jones away from Rugby Park.

"There isn’t a right-back in the league who could handle Jordan Jones when he’s on his game. That’s how highly I rate him from my time working with him," said McCulloch, who coached and managed Jones at Killie from 2016 to 2017.

“Kilmarnock need to consider whether they want to hold on to him to finish as high as possible or bite the bullet and let him go and try and get money to buy someone else."

Jones has five international caps for Northern Ireland, since making in debut in November 2017.

Steven Davis is due to complete his move to Ibrox, as is Jermain Defoe, who will arrive on an 18-month loan deal.

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