Rangers boss Steven Gerrard blasts Jordan Jones after derby dismissal against Celtic
Rangers winger Jordan Jones has a fight on his hands to get his place back in Rangers first choice XI.
The 24-year-old was shown a straight red card in the closing stages of Sunday's derby for a rash challenge on Celtic defender Moritz Bauer.
Jones is now expected to miss out in the upcoming international double-header for Northern Ireland as he left Ibrox on crutches after the Gers' 2-0 defeat..
"I think Jordan has been trying to appease the fans but that's not how you appease Rangers fans," blasted an unsympathetic Gerrard. "You create goals and score goals if you're a wide man. That's how you get fans on your side, not kicking people when the ball is 10 yards away.
“He deserves the red card and he deserves his ban and he’s got everything to do now to get back in my team.”
Jones has made 10 appearances for Rangers since moving from Kilmarnock in the summer.
He set up Alfredo Morelos’ winner in Thursday night’s win over Legia Warsaw but has yet to get on the scoresheet.
The Hoops ended Rangers’ 12-game unbeaten run and moved three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with victory in a frantic Old Firm contest.
Odsonne Edouard netted his fifth goal in seven games against Rangers just after the half-hour, then Jonny Hayes rolled in after a stoppage-time counter-attack.
Gerrard added: “I’m not pleased with the performance at all. I thought across the board we were not good enough today as a team. Individually we were not good enough either — only Jon Flanagan can be proud of his performance. But look, we take the responsibility and we take the criticism as a group, so I’m part of that. We’ll have to take everything that is coming our way, take it on the chin and move on as quick as we can.”
Gers and Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis accepts his side will come under fire from critics.
“I don’t think it was a case of us coming in over-confident or anything like that. That might have been the way it was portrayed in the press but that certainly wasn’t the feeling in the dressing room,” admitted Davis.
“We know we have got to earn the right to play and to win in these games and there were too many of us off the boil. You can’t get away with that in an Old Firm game and we got punished for it. We got plenty of plaudits recently for the way we played so we need to take the criticism and that is natural when you lose a game like this here. We have got to take our medicine and make sure we improve going forward.”
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