Rangers winger Jordan Jones will emerge stronger from his disastrous Old Firm debut, according to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. 

Jones was dismissed for a wild lunge on Celtic defender Moritz Bauer just 20 minutes after coming off the bench during the Hoops’ 2-0 win at Ibrox. 

To cap a miserable cameo, the former Kilmarnock favourite suffered a serious knee injury as a result of the lunge and is in the midst of a significant stint on the sidelines. 

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It means Jones will be unable to play any part in the remainder of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifying group and, ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Holland, O’Neill revealed that the 24-year-old has been ceaselessly apologetic about the incident. 

O’Neill said: “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. 

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“I saw him play against Legia Warsaw in the Europa League midweek game a few days before the Celtic match and he played very well, making a big difference when he came into it.

"These are all things he will have to learn from. Jordan is very disappointed he is missing our group games and he is disappointed he is missing the chance to establish himself at Rangers, but he will learn from his actions. 

“I have no doubt he will come back strong and be ready to play and be as keen as ever to show what he's all about for us and his club.”