JORDAN JONES will not be joining Rangers from Kilmarnock during this transfer window.

The winger has agreed a pre-contract with the Ibrox side and has taken criticism from Rugby Park fans over his reaction to the move.

Jones took to Twitter immediately after signing and expressed his delight and ended his post with “#WATP”.

A number of Killie followers, including Supporters’ Trust chairman Barry Richmond, have slammed the player for his attitude and some want him removed from the club immediately.

But Jones and manager Steve Clarke appeared at a joint press conference ahead of the weekend Scottish Cup-tie against Forfar to insist he is remaining with the Ayrshire club until the end of the season.

BEST FOOT FORWARD…Jordan Jones challenges Celtic winger Lewis Morgan. Pic: Geo.

The 24-year-old touchline ace, who has never hidden his affection for the Gers, said: “I’m fully committed to Kilmarnock until the summer. I won’t leave in this window.

“Everyone has an opinion in football and they are maybe a bit upset in the way it was done.

“I need to show to the fans. Looking back at the tweet I was over excited and it was a bit of inexperience, but I can’t take it back. I can only win them back with performances.

“I’ve always tried to give my best in two-and-a-half years and commitment never in question. That won’t change.

“It’s happened. The Rangers thing is put to the side until the summer. It’s old news. I’m fully focused on helping Kilmarnock.”

Rugby Park gaffer Clarke said: “I haven’t got an issue with pre-contracts. It’s part and parcel of the modern game. It changed when Bosman ruling came in.

“If the fans boo Jordan then they’re booing me, as well, because it will be my decision to select him.”

Jones has been a key performer for Killie in their surprising start to the season that saw them lead the Premiership at one stage.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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