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18th Jan, 2018 | 2:27pm

BT Sport pundit: 22-year-old move to Rangers is fantastic

BT Sport pundit Alan Stubbs insists new Rangers star Jason Cummings isn’t as “daft” as he is portrayed and believes the “penny will start to drop” for the 22-year-old.
Cummings is renowned for his off-field antics – like wrestling Scottish professional wrestler Grado in the build-up to the 2016 Scottish Cup final – but Stubbs claims that when he managed Cummings at Hibs he didn’t need “managing” as much as is claimed.
The 22-year-old joined the Gers on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest earlier this week with the Ibrox side having the option to make it permanent in the summer.
Stubbs doesn’t think playing at Ibrox will “faze” Cummings and believes the switch to the Gers is a “fantastic” move for the Scotland international.
“It’s a fantastic move for him. Playing in front of 50,000 at Ibrox is not going to faze him. It’s whether he can produce his form and goalscoring attributes at that level the way he did at Hibs,” Stubbs said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Jason’s a colourful personality. When I was at Hibs, did he need managing? Yes but not as badly as people make out. He was a really good personality in the dressing room, the players loved him.
“Can he be daft on occasions? Yes but I could see even in the two years I was there that he was maturing. The penny will start to drop in terms of what he needs to do. It can’t always be a laugh.”
The 22-year-old left Easter Road in the summer to sign for Forest under former Rangers boss Mark Warburton but struggled to win a regular place in the starting XI at the City Ground.
Cummings made 10 starts and seven appearances as a substitute, scoring four times, for the Championship side but found himself surplus to requirements after Warburton was sacked and replaced with Aitor Karanka.
During his time with Hibs, Cummings hit the net 71 times in 149 appearances for the Easter Road side and was part of the team who lifted the club’s first Scottish Cup in over a century when they beat Rangers in 2016.
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