JORDAN JONES admits the second half of the campaign was tough to get through as he played his final matches for Kilmarnock ahead of his move to Rangers.

The winger clinched a pre-contract deal with the Light Blues early in the January window but remained at Rugby Park for the rest of the Premiership season.

Killie fans were critical of Jones for signing on the dotted line but he scored the winner for Steve Clarke’s side against the Gers in the first match after the winter break in the top flight.

Jones’ last game for the Ayrshire club came away to Hibernian in April. He has spent this week with Steven Gerrard’s squad in Portugal and is pleased to be getting down to business once again as he looks to make an early impression.

Jones said: “It was a tough period, like nothing that I have experienced before.

“I was just trying to concentrate the best I could for Kilmarnock, but it is difficult when I have signed for Rangers and I’ve been waiting to do that for a long time.

“It finally happened and I had to wait another six months to finally join. It was about keeping my head down and working as hard as I could, which I did. Now I’m here, it is time to kick on.

“I’ve had a couple of comments about [scoring against Rangers]. But I was playing for Kilmarnock at the time. That’s what I had to do.

“To be fair, once I first signed, I was playing. We had international games in March. I hurt my shoulder the week before it and I’ve made it worse when I’ve gone back.

“It was pretty much trying to get my shoulder right before the end of the season and the manager understood that.

“I went for scans. I was trying to get it back as good as I could and try to get fit for the international games in the summer.”