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Rangers kick off their attempt to stop Celtic's 10-in-a-row when the new Scottish Premiership season begins today, but one player unlikely to be involved against Aberdeen is Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones.

That is because the 25-year-old has been told that he is no longer part of manager Steven Gerrard's plans.

His hometown club Middlesbrough and Michael O'Neill's Stoke City are now understood to be interested in bringing him to the Championship.

Jones arrived at the club on a free transfer last summer, having impressed in three seasons at Kilmarnock, netting 11 Scottish Premiership goals for the club.

He was initially hailed by his new boss for an impressive start to life at Ibrox as he played a part in five Europa League qualifying games as well as the club's first four league matches.

However, soon after came what now looks to have been the terminal blow to Jones' Rangers career.

In the sixth minute of stoppage time during a 2-0 home defeat to Celtic, Jones lashed out at Moritz Bauer, earning himself a straight red card and injuring his own knee in the process.

After recovering from the injury, Jones would make only another four appearances for the club, starting once in a Scottish Cup tie against Stranraer in January.

He looked to have been given a second chance two weeks ago when he came on in a friendly against Lyon. However, it appears his time at Ibrox is over.

Belfast Telegraph