It’s not something he’ll have to worry about unless he gets the Celtic manager job full time at the end of the season, but Neil Lennon feels Rangers have won a watch with their new signing.
The Northern Irishman was looking ahead to this Sunday’s top of the table clash between the two Glasgow giants, but his thoughts went ahead to the summer and the arrival of a player he rates very highly at Ibrox.
He’s a player Lennon is a big fan of and one he knows will greatly enhance Steven Gerrard’s side.
Speaking about the 24-year-old winger to Sky Sports, he said: “He’s been very, very good in Scotland over the last couple of years hence why he’s signed a pre-contract with Rangers which doesn’t please me, obviously because he’s such a good player.”
Jones has been a standout for Killie this season, bagging four goals including a dramatic winner against his new club.
With Kilmarnock sitting in fourth place there’s obviously some pressure there to maintain form and seal a European qualification spot, but Jones knows that’s nothing compared to what the pressure will be like when he’s a Rangers player.
He said: “Even since the January before when they put in a bid a lot more attention came around me. Since I’ve signed it’s a totally different thing.
“Even simple things, like putting something on Instagram, the papers are making stories – not that I’ve put anything bad on.
“You see that you’re right under the microscope.
“It is preparing me nicely for when I go there.”
Jones has also been prepared by both his Northern Ireland teammates already at Ibrox and one at Kilmarnock who knows more about the pressure of being under the Rangers microscope than both.
Jones said: “Yeah, they’ve let me know, especially Davo (Steven Davis) and Laffs (Kyle Lafferty).
“I’ve realised myself, and (Kris) Boyd used to play for them.
“We’ve had a few words about how I need to conduct myself and how careful I have to be about anything I’m doing.”
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