Jason Cummings has admitted that he wants to stay at Rangers beyond the end of his current loan deal with the Ibrox giants – but the 22-year-old only has 90 minutes to prove to incoming manager Steven Gerrard why he deserves a permanent contract.
The Light Blues travel to Cummings’ old stomping ground of Easter Road on Sunday as they try to secure a second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership on the final day of the campaign – with the Scotland international almost certain to start thanks to Alfredo Morelos’ suspension.
The Gers have an agreement in place with Nottingham Forest to make Cummings’ deal permanent in the summer and it remains to be seen if the Light Blues will take that up or not but Cummings is adamant he wants to remain at Ibrox – regardless of Gerrard’s imminent arrival.
“I want to stay here, but there’s a lot behind the scenes that needs to happen. I am hoping I will be here next season, I am hoping it’s just the beginning for me at Rangers,” Cummings said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Even without someone like Steven Gerrard coming in I’d want to stay here.”
Since his arrival in January, Cummings hasn’t really lived up to expectation and hasn’t shown anything that has left fans thinking he absolutely must be signed in the summer but the chance to secure second in the Scottish Premiership – and clinch a permanent deal – at the ground he made a name for himself is the sort of scenario the 22-year-old relishes.
With six goals in seventeen appearances for the Gers, few would argue Cummings’ loan spell has gone how anyone had hoped but that would all be forgotten if he scores the goals that take the Light Blues above Aberdeen in the league table – and it could be what he needs to seal a move to Ibrox.