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Rangers bid for Northern Ireland star Jordan Jones 'nowhere near acceptable': boss

By Gareth Hanna

Rangers' initial offer for one of Northern Ireland's newest recruits Jordan Jones was 'nowhere near acceptable'.

That's according to Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke, after the Gers tabled an offer reported to have been between £350,000 and £500,000.

Kilmarnock are thought to value the 23-year-old midfield star, who has 18 months to run on his current contract, closer to £1 million.

After picking up the Scottish Premiership Manager of the Month award, Clarke said:  "There's been a bid, nowhere near acceptable. I would be a little bit sad if I was the player, to be honest, that the bid was so low. It was an easy one for the club to turn down."

Jones made his senior international debut during the second leg of Northern Ireland's ill-fated World Cup play-off tie with Switzerland.

The English-born player qualifies to represent for NI through his father and he has impressed, not only during his internatinal bow in Basel, but also in the Scottish Premiership, where he has netted three goals so far this term.

The former Middlesbrough man has also been linked with a move back across the border this month, with Hull City rumoured to be interested.

Rangers, however, have agreed a deal to bring in Norwich and Scotland defender Russell Martin on loan until the end of the season, according to Sky Sports. The 32-year-old hasn't played for the Canaries since August and has since lost his place in the international squad.

The Gers did land former Hibernian forward Jason Cummings on loan on Monday evening.

As the January window hots up, Rangers also made an enquiry over the availability of Hamilton midfielder Greg Docherty last week. The club have already signed Jamie Murphy and Sean Goss on loan this month, from Brighton and QPR respectively.

Both players were introduced to the squad by manager Graeme Murty during last week's training camp in Florida.

"Everyone who played has added something to the collective and that is what we want, we want more good players in the squad pushing and improving the people around them and challenging for places," Murty told the club website.

"If we get that, training will be better, games will be better and hopefully if we react in a positive way we can push ourselves to a higher place."

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