JORDAN JONES says he is at Rangers to ‘prove a point’ and isn’t here at Ibrox simply to make up the numbers.
Winger Jones, who will join his new teammates after signing from Kilmarnock, knows he faces big competition to make it into the starting XI at Gers, especially given the way they finished last season.
But it is a fight he is relishing, and he explained to RangersTV: “I feel full of confidence and I am really determined to come here and make my mark. I am not coming here just to wear the badge and say I am a Rangers player – I have come here to prove a point as to what I can bring to the team and bring the club some success.
“I think the squad is a lot stronger than it has been, and the way the gaffer has got the team playing is very good and very structured.
“It is a challenge, but it is a challenge I am really up for. I am determined to get myself in that starting XI and keep my place.”
Jones has seen plenty of recent action, playing a key role for Northern Ireland in their wins over Estonia and Belarus which puts them firmly in the hunt for a place at next summer’s Euros.
He feels the fact he is coming off the back of competitive football straight into life at Gers will benefit him, and he continued: “I think I needed it after the last few months of the season. I needed that training camp – we had a 10-day training camp and a three-day training camp and the two games where we got two really positive results to give ourselves a chance of qualifying for the Euros.
“It was a really positive experience.”
The international experience, naturally, differs hugely from domestic club football, but it is one which Jones believe can benefit him for Gers in the Europa League this season.
“I think I can use that as help and as a positive,” he said. “It is totally different playing at international level, and while I haven’t played in Europe yet, it is something I am really looking forward to and hopefully I can use my international experience to help me with that.”
Now, with pre-season set to get underway, attention will soon shift to Gers’ first match of the season against Oxford United at Ibrox on July 7.
The opportunity to walk down the tunnel at Ibrox as a Ranger is something Jones can’t wait for and he added: “It is something I have thought about for a really long time, and I think when the moment does come it will be surreal but I will be over the moon when it happens.”
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