World Cup incentive should drive Jordan Jones on, says boss

World Cup incentive should drive Jordan Jones on, says boss

in #KillieStories September 18, 2017

Lee McCulloch hopes the incentive of trying to win a World Cup spot will inspire Jordan Jones this season.

The winger shone in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, grabbing the vital equaliser to ensure Killie left Pittodrie with a point.

Jones gave the Aberdeen defence a tough shift and the Killie boss feels the 22-year-old can kick on and make his full international bow as Northern Ireland aim to seal their spot in Russia.

Michael O'Neill's team have secured second spot in Group C with the chance to compete in November's play-offs.

Jones was on standby for last month's qualifiers against San Marino and Czech Republic and McCulloch says he's used the prospect of international recognition as a motivational tool.

"He's already been on stand-by for his country and he's got potential to go to the World Cup," he said.

"He didn't start last week but if he keeps playing as he did today then this club won't be able to keep him, that's for sure.

"I try to encourage him every day, to take him out of his comfort zone. We need to make him realise how good he is.

"JJ knows how highly I rate him - there's no reason he can't go to World Cups when he's playing like that."