'He is frustrated' - Murty admits Rangers star unhappy with game-time
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has admitted Jason Cummings has been “frustrated” with his lack of game-time since arriving at Ibrox after watching the star bag a hat-trick against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.
Cummings made his first start at Ibrox since joining the Gers on loan from Nottingham Forest and joins a small band of players to hit a treble on their full home debut.
The 22-year-old has been limited to mainly making appearances from the bench so far but will have given the Gers’ boss a headache after destroying Championship strugglers Falkirk to book the Light Blues’ place in the semi-finals against Celtic next month.
Murty admitted Cummings’ frustrations and joked he wasn’t sure the dressing-room could handle a “livelier” Cummings.
“Jason just thrives on life full stop. He is a happy guy. He is actually a confidence guy in that when he first came in he was this larger than life character,” Murty said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“But he has calmed down a bit and shrunk somewhat. I have challenged him not to do that, to be himself and to be that big gallus guy.
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“He said he is frustrated. ‘I want to play’. Well I said you need to move forward and put a line in the sand. Be you, be strong enough to be you.
“Hopefully those goals today will see a spark thrown into him – although I’m not sure the changing room can handle an even livelier Jason Cummings to be honest.”
Cummings would almost certainly have scored four had Falkirk skipper Aaron Muirhead not diverted Daniel Candeias’ cross – which was heading straight to Cummings for a tap-in – into his own net to make it 3-1 and effectively kill the game off just before half-time.
The former Hibs striker has scored six times in 10 appearances since his January move north of the border.
Football Insider verdict:
Cummings has every right to be frustrated after being limited to cameos off the bench most weeks but with the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass in fantastic goal-scoring form, it is understandable that Murty has kept faith with the players who have served him fantastically well so far. With Jamie Murphy possibly missing Sunday’s Old Firm clash through injury, Cummings could get another opportunity to stake his claim for a place in the starting XI – and help fire the Gers to a famous win over their bitter rivals and blow the Scottish Premiership title race wide open.