Rangers striker Jason Cummings has admitted he is “not expecting to get cheered” when he returns to Easter Road as a Gers player on Sunday – but insists he has a “job to do” for the Light Blues as they look to secure second in the Scottish Premiership when they face Hibernian.
Cummings scored eight times for Hibs in eleven appearances against Rangers – and Cummings will be hoping to get on the scoresheet and fire the goals which help the Light Blues overtake Aberdeen and take second place.
The 22-year-old will return to his old club for the first time since leaving to join Nottingham Forest last summer and thinks he has a “mutual respect” with the Hibs support.
“I’ve scored a lot of goals at Easter Road, so I kind of feel comfortable going back there – if that makes sense. I’m actually really looking forward to it. I can’t wait,” Cummings said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I know they don’t like Rangers so I am not expecting to get cheered. I am not expecting to get cheered but I think they know I did my best and gave everything for the club.
“They did give me my chance when I was a boy, I didn’t think I was going to be a footballer but they gave me my chance.
“I feel that we have got a mutual respect there but I have got a job to do and that is to get a win and get Rangers second place.”
Football Insider verdict:
Cummings is no stranger to goals in a game involving Rangers at Easter Road and Gers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl will be hoping he gets right back into the old habit and hits the back of the net on Sunday. A win for the Gers would see them doing what they need to in hope of finishing in second-place and will leave them hoping for a favour from bitter rivals Celtic when they take on Aberdeen. Cummings has not really hit the heights expected of him when he joined the Gers on loan but that could all be forgotten about if he scores the winner against his former side. It is not clear if Cummings is going to win a permanent move to Ibrox but he has a fantastic opportunity to put himself at the forefront of Mark Allen and Steven Gerrard’s thoughts for next season. At only 22, Cummings is far from the finished article and could prove to be a good long-term addition to the squad.