Steven Gerrard admits Rangers could allow Jordan Jones to leave on loan – with Rovers the latest Championship club to be linked with the Northern Ireland international.

Gerrard says the Gers are looking to trim their squad in January, which could see up to four players leave on loan, with Jones having been short of football of late.

The winger, who signed from Kilmarnock last year, hasn’t played since September having picked up in an injury when sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in September.

Now back fit, the 25-year-old hasn’t been able to force his way back in, with Stoke City and Middlesbrough previously linked with a move in January.

Reports north of the border said Rovers are also keen, and Gerrard admits loan moves could be sanctioned this month.

Rovers weren’t initially looking to add to their attacking ranks in January, but their plans have been thrown in to the air following the injury to Bradley Dack.

Adam Armstrong, who has seven goals this season, is likely to now play more of a central role in the final months of the season to help fill the void left by Dack.

A shortage of options out wide, following an injury to Lewis Holtby, has seen Harry Chapman come back in to the first-team picture, making three substitute appearances in the last three matches.

But the 22-year-old could be allowed to move out on loan himself this month, which could see Rovers look to add a wide option to their squad.

Jones came through the ranks at Middlesbrough and was handed his debut by Tony Mowbray in an FA Cup tie in January 2014, but that proved to be his only appearance while Mowbray was in charge at the Riverside.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gerrard said: "We have got things bubbling away in terms of players going out on loan to play some football.

"I think that echoes what we've said about trimming the squad, we have to be fair to players who haven't played as much but are training well, being professional and doing everything they can.

"But we're overcrowded in terms of numbers.

"We'll try and get them the right move so they can go and play football.

"Come the end of January I think you'll see three or four go the other way.

"And depending on what happens with those three or four will depend on whether we add one.

"That's all I can say, I don't want to give names in terms of ins and outs, but there will be activity."