Former Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs believes Jason Cummings will “relish” Sunday’s Old Firm clash with Celtic but has suggested that the forward will be nervous in the build up.
The 22-year-old former Hibs striker scored a hat-trick for Rangers on Sunday in the Scottish Cup demolition of Falkirk to take his tally to six strikes in ten games for the Light Blues.
Cummings could make his debut in Sunday’s make-or-break Scottish Premiership tie after joining the Gers on loan from Nottingham Forest in January and Stubbs, now a pundit for BT Sport, thinks Cummings will look forward to the chance to perform on the big stage.
“Deep down will he be nervous about Sunday’s game? Too right he will,” the BT pundit said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But there’s another big part of him that’ll relish it as a chance to produce on the big stage.
“This is potentially the biggest domestic game of his career.
“Obviously we had the Scottish Cup Final at Hibs which was big, but when it comes to a league match this is bigger than anything he’s experienced.
“He’s played in the Edinburgh derby and done well, but the worldwide interest in Sunday’s game is on a different level.”
The Ibrox side currently trail their bitter rivals by six points in the Scottish Premiership and a win on Sunday afternoon would blow the title race wide open.
The last meeting between the two sides was on December 30th at Celtic Park with neither side able to break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.
Football Insider verdict:
Cummings has never been shy about his confidence and the prospect of playing in an Old Firm likely won’t faze the 22-year-old after his hat-trick against Falkirk. Whether Cummings is handed a starting place or not remains to be seen but the former Hibs striker is more than capable of doing serious damage to Celtic and helping the Gers to an important win. This could be the game where the one-cap Scotland international truly arrives as a senior player and puts the champions to the sword in one of the most eagerly-anticipated Old Firm clashes in years.