Nottingham Forest have given Rangers a big Jordan Jones boost

Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard smiles as he holds up a Rangers scarf in the trophy room as he is unveiled as Rangers' new manager at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland...

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers and Championship outfit Nottingham Forest have both been linked with Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones.

Kilmarnock's Jordan Jones during the Betfred League Cup game on July 18, 2017 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Speculation linking Rangers with Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones isn’t going away.

The Mirror (live blog, 11.45am) reported earlier this week that the Scottish Premiership giants are still keen on signing the Northern Irish international, five months after they made a bid of just £350,000 which was flatly rejected by Killie.

The Daily Record stated that the Ayrshire club wanted around £1 million for Jones – and manager Steve Clarke described Rangers’ lowball bid as ‘nowhere near acceptable’.

Jordan Jones of Kilmarnock celebrates scoring a goal at the start of the second half with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Kilmarnock at...

Rangers, however, have shown more of a willingness to splash the cash in order to land their top targets this summer, pulling off permanent deals for Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson within just a few hours of each other for a combined fee of around £5 million.

So if Rangers were to make another bid for Jones, don’t expect them to offer well below his market value this time around. It seems the Ibrox giants have learned their lesson.

And Rangers’ hopes of signing the former Middlesbrough wideman might just have increased. Because the Reading Chronicle reports that Nottingham Forest, who have also been heavily linked with Jones, are going all out to sign Peterborough assist-machine Marcus Maddison, who has a £2.5 million release clause in his contract.

Leicester City's English midfielder Demarai Gray (R) takes on Peterborough United's English midfielder Marcus Maddison (L) during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between...

Like Jones, Maddison prefers to play on the left wing – so it makes little sense for Forest to sign them both. Which could leave Rangers free to have a run at a player they’ve coveted for months.

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