Rangers striker Jason Cummings will approach Sunday’s Old Firm clash “like any other game” according to Tam Smith, his former coach at Edinburgh youth side Hutchison Vale.
The 22-year-old could make his Old Firm debut in Sunday’s huge clash after joining the Gers on loan in January and bagged a hat-trick in last weekend’s Scottish Cup rout of Falkirk.
Smith has worked with a host of top Scottish players during his time with the legendary Edinburgh side and thinks the Gers is always better when he starts games instead of coming off the bench.
“Graeme Murty said that he doesn’t lack self-belief and you could see that on Sunday when he played wide left. But he used to play wide left for Hutchison Vale and moved to centre forward,” Smith said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I don’t think he’ll be scared by the occasion if he plays on Sunday. He’ll treat it like any other game, but his focus will be even greater. But I always think he’s far better when he starts a game. He doesn’t like being a sub.”
Cummings could start if Jamie Murphy fails to recover from a foot injury in time for what is arguably the biggest meeting between the two sides since 2012.
A win for Graeme Murty’s side would take them to within three points of their bitter rivals in the league table and blow the title race wide open while a win for Celtic would see them open up a nine-point gap at the top of the table and put themselves in a commanding position to lift the title.
Football Insider verdict:
Cummings definitely isn’t short of a bit of believe in himself and the prospect of starting on Sunday will do him no harm at all. The 22-year-old has shown time and again what he is capable of and whether he starts or comes off the bench Cummings will pose a big threat for Brendan Rodgers’ side. After his hat-trick on Sunday, Cummings will be super confident in his ability and chances of finding the net against Celtic and the striker will definitely have given Murty a selection dilemma to ponder over the next few days as he decides on his starting XI.