Ally McCoist: Rangers 22-year-old must emulate immensely improved Celtic star
Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes Gers striker Jason Cummings needs to improve before he can play as a lone striker for the Light Blues – and thinks he should take a leaf out of Celtic star Leigh Griffiths’ book.
McCoist thinks the Scotland star is “not ready” to be the focal point of the Gers’ attack but thinks the likes of Griffiths and Ibrox team-mate are the ideal role models for the 22-year-old.
Cummings has struggled to force his way into a regular starting place at Ibrox after his loan move from Nottingham Forest in January but has been a consistent feature from the bench.
McCoist thinks that the former Hibs striker can continue to improve – like Griffiths has at Celtic – if he is to lead the line for Graeme Murty’s side in the future.
“If you are working in a two as a partnership. You score goals together. But a little bit more thought goes into it as a one,” McCoist said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Although I’m saying right now that (Cummings is) not ready to play in a one I wouldn’t rule it out in the future but he’d have to learn and improve.
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“The improvement in the past two or three years in Griffiths has been immense and Morelos has done it to a certain degree as well, so Cummings should look at that.”
Cummings has scored five times in appearances for the Light Blues following his January switch and the 22-year-old is expected to make his move permanent in the summer, with the Gers having an agreement to sign him long-term.
After Colombian hitman Morelos attracted a number of bids from Chinese side Beiing Renhe through January and February, Cummings could find himself thrust into being the Gers’ main striker if the Chinese Super League side revive their interest in the 21-year-old in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Cummings has struggled as times since arriving as he has had to try to fit in around Alfredo Morelos, although when he has performed he has been unplayable at times. If the Gers do make Cummings’ move permanent in the summer, as looks likely, the 22-year-old will either need to improve significantly before next season or force a tactical change to accommodate a second striker. The former Hibs striker has show his eye for goal hasn’t been blunted by his spell at Nottingham Forest as he’s made an impressive goal-scoring start to life at Ibrox.
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