23 Feb Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones in no rush to leave Kilmarnock
Jordan Jones has vowed to stay loyal to Kilmarnock after the club rejected advances for the winger in January.
The 23-year-old Northern Ireland international was the subject of a bid from Rangers – which was swiftly rejected – and is rumoured to be of interest to clubs in the Championship in England.
Jones is rated highly at Rugby Park, and has played a big role in Steve Clarke’s revival this season, with Killie currently sixth in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after going on an impressive run since the manager’s arrival in October.
While he admits the speculation surrounding his future may have slightly gone to his head, Jones is happy to keep doing well in Ayrshire and acknowledges he owes something to the club after they picked him up when he was released by Middlesbrough in 2016.
“When I left Middlesbrough I wasn’t wanted by any teams at all,” he said. “I would never be in the position where I’d go to the club and ask to leave because so and so have been mentioned.
“This club helped me out so there is no way I’d be rushing out.”
He added: “My performances dipped in December solely because of that reason.
“Next time I will know how to handle it a bit better but I think, since the transfer window shut, I sat down with the gaffer and I couldn’t be in a better place to play my football and couldn’t be learning from anyone better in Scotland.
“It’s done with now and I just want to play as well as I can and get as many points as a team.”
Killie host Hibernian at Rugby Park on Saturday with both clubs on a hot run of form, but it could arguably be a bigger challenge for the visitors with Clarke’s men on a run of seven straight victories at home.
It is a big difference from earlier in the season when they were without a home win until December, and Jones reckons the atmosphere around the town has improved as a result.
“It makes a massive difference,” he said. “When you come here at the start of the season it was just dull and boring at home games, whereas now the fans are behind us.
“It’s our fault that they were like that at the start of the season but now we have turned it around and it’s good to have them behind us.”
He added: “Any team in the league now, if you ask for one team they would not want to visit, we’d be right up there with the big clubs in the league.
“Even just local businesses are benefiting from us doing well and it’s exactly the same where I’m from (near Middlesbrough); if the club does well then the town does well.”