Does Northern Ireland call-up highlight Rangers' Jordan Thompson mistake?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hamilton Academicals and Rangers at New Douglas Park on October 21, 2018 in Hamilton,...

Rangers deemed Jordan Thompson not good enough for the Scottish Premiership before he signed for Blackpool.

Blackpool's Jordan Thompson celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Callum Guy during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Rochdale at Bloomfield Road on October 6,...

Rangers made the decision to discard Jordan Thompson in June, and the 21-year-old midfielder has since done his best to show Steven Gerrard what he is missing.

Thompson was never really given a run in Rangers’ first-team, making two appearances in three years before being released in the summer. But he has shown what he can do since moving to Blackpool, helping the Tangerines to within three points of the play-off places with two goals from the centre of midfield.

 

Thompson has caught the eye with his thrust and dynamism in the heart of the engine room, and his impressive displays have now been rewarded with a call-up to the senior Northern Ireland squad ahead of next week’s international break.

Blackpool's Jordan Thompson battles with Peterborough United's Marcus Maddison during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Blackpool at ABAX Stadium on September 29,...

The Belfast-born talent gained his two senior caps in May but has played the last few games for his country’s U21 side.

With games against the Republic of Ireland and Austria on the horizon, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neil has promoted Thompson to his squad with the midfielder hoping to establish himself in his country's plans.

With Graham Dorrans out until the New Year, and a number of Rangers’ other midfielders subject to plenty of criticism recently, did Gerrard make one of his first mistakes in management getting rid of Thompson without giving him a chance?

Blackpool's Jordan Thompson battles with Coventry City's Tom Bayliss during the Sky Bet League One match between Blackpool and Coventry City at Bloomfield Road on August 21, 2018 in...

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