Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish believes striker Jason Cummings can be a “maverick” for club and country and thinks he has that “gallusness” a manager wants in every player.

Cummings has a reputation for being a huge personality on and off the pitch and the Scotland boss thinks that Cummings is similar to former Scots star James McFadden.

The Gers star was an unused substitute in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica at Hampden in McLeish’s first game but Eck believes he’s good to have around the squad.

“Jason can be a bit of a maverick. He’s young and he has that wee bit of gallusness you would want to have in every single player,” McLeish said, as quoted by the Nottingham Post.

“I said to James McFadden ‘Do you see a bit of you in him?’. He admitted he did a wee bit, aye.

“Of course it’s good to have that type around. The dressing-room culture is about banter”

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Cummings joined the Gers on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest and is expected to make his move permanent in the summer after hitting the ground running at Ibrox.

The 22-year-old won his first cap for Scotland in November’s draw with Holland at Pittodrie and should likely be part of the national team for a number of years to come.

Football Insider verdict:

Cummings has that same fun-loving, cheeky personality that James McFadden became famous for – although Cummings will no doubt be hoping that his international career is more fruitful than McFadden’s and sees the Tartan Army involved at a major finals. In the meantime though the Gers striker will be hoping to force his way into a regular starting place at club level and help the Light Blues get their hands on the Scottish Cup at the end of the season and also secure second in the Scottish Premiership.

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