Michael O'Neill has told The Scottish Sun that Jordan Jones's red card against Celtic last month might have been borne out of frustration at starting on the bench.
The Gers-daft winger had a first Old Firm derby to forget after being sent off in the 2-0 defeat at Ibrox.
To make matters worse, Jones, who arrived at Rangers this summer, also injured himself in the lunge on Moritz Bauer, giving him a significant spell on the sidelines.
Jones will miss the rest of Northern Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifiers and his international manager believes that the 24-year-old was annoyed at being benched by Steven Gerrard on Old Firm day.
He told The Scottish Sun: "If Jordan has apologised to me once, he has apologised 100 times. It was a rash moment. Players do that. Players have moments of madness.
“I think his actions post that game were good. He was very open about his apology to the Celtic player in question and he knows he was in the wrong.
"That was his first experience of an Old Firm game. He was maybe a little bit disappointed that he didn't get a chance to start."
It really was a moment of madness from Jones and the Celtic defender is lucky to have escaped unscathed from it.
But it was reported at the time thatt he Rangers star had apologised to Bauer and the fact that he has profusely apologised to O'Neill indicates that he is indeed very sorry.
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