Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns believes Jason Cummings’ form for Rangers must be catching the eye of Forest boss Aitor Karanka after loaning the striker to the Ibrox side in January.
The 22-year-old only joined Forest in the English Championship last summer but was one of the first casualties when Karanka replaced former Ibrox manager Mark Warburton in the Forest hotseat in January.
Cummings has hit the net six times in 10 appearances for Gers – including a hat-trick in Sundays’s Scottish Cup win over Falkirk – and two-time European Cup winner Burns thinks that if the striker wants a return to the City Ground then Karkanka should give him a chance.
“Aitor Karanka must be taking notice of Jason Cummings,” the Scottish legend said, as quoted by the Nottingham Post.
“Six goals in his first 10 matches on loan at Rangers, including a first hat-trick of his career, if he keeps up that strike-rate between now and the end of the season you would expect him to get a chance to impress the Forest boss come pre-season – if he wants an opportunity, that is.
“If he does want to come back to the City Ground, then you hope playing in the Scottish Premiership for half a season, and scoring goals, will give him the belief he can do the business in the Championship – not that he’s ever short of confidence!”
The Gers have an agreement in place to make Cummings’ switch a permanent move in the summer and it’s likely the Ibrox side will take that up and keep the striker long-term.
Cummings will hope his hat-trick in the Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Paul Hartley’s side will be enough to win a place in the Gers’ starting XI on Sunday when they welcome bitter rivals Celtic to Ibrox in a crunch Old Firm clash.
Football Insider verdict:
Cummings’ form should make Karanka take notice although it should also serve as a warning to the manager that he had the player but quickly got rid of him after arriving at Forest. The striker needs to get more starts at Ibrox but is impressing when given the chance to play and his treble against the Bairns should be the perfect boost ahead of next week’s crucial Old Firm clash. At only 22, Cummings is still got a bit to go until he’s the finished article but he has all the tools to be a top striker in a few years time. Karanka might find his hands are tied if the Gers do decide to make it a permanent switch in the summer.