Friday, 2 February 2018

How former rival became a fan-favourite...

 Article by: Richard, for Ibrox Noise

If ever any player had the right character and enough confidence to play for Rangers, it is ex-Hibs and current Nottingham Forest forward, Jason Cummings. I have to admit; I love his attitude!

Whether this self-assurance will translate itself into a free-scoring Ibrox superstar or a damp squib only time will tell.

Jason insists he is returning to Scotland a much better player, due to playing alongside and against better players than he faced in the rough and tough Scottish Championship.

The experienced 22-year-old has moved to Ibrox on a six-month loan deal until the end of the season from Nottingham Forest, with Rangers having the option of turning the 600K agreed move into a permanent deal.

Cummings left Hibernian to move to the City Ground in the summer of 2017 under Mark Warburton and scored only four goals in 17 appearances but, the standard of defending in the English Championship is far superior to the defences he will be facing at Rangers.

New Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka, the Spanish ex-Middlesbrough boss, was honest enough with Jason to inform him that he was not in his immediate plans and was free to find more game time with another club.

He feels he has learned a lot down in England by playing with better players, in that league as well as playing against top players in much bigger stadiums. He knows his all-round game has improved and he can't wait to get started and showing off his improvement with Rangers.

Getting more game time was of paramount importance to him coming to Ibrox. It was obviously no fun for him to sit in the stand or be on the bench in Nottingham and watch other players taking his place in the team. He is simply not the type of player to watch other players perform, as if he is fit, he is the type of player who must be in the starting 11, and I like that in a great player!

Jason knows he should be playing regularly and didn't want to be wasting his time down south, so when he heard that Rangers had come in for him, he really couldn't turn down what he thought was a fantastic football opportunity.

He jumped at the chance to play for Rangers and he cannot wait to get started with his new life in Glasgow with the world record holding ‘Gers. They always want to win every game they play and are always pushing for new titles and to winning all their cup games.

Jason knows he will have to always be on his A-game, but he is the right type of player that can handle that type of pressure and is looking forward to this new challenge.

He likes the expectations of winning every match he plays in, and as a player he thinks his character fits perfectly with playing for Rangers.

His confidence is always sky high so he doesn't think it's a problem playing at Ibrox or at any other away game.

Obviously the good thing is that he has already achieved things up here, so, in a way, he’s got nothing to prove to anybody in Scotland. They already know what he’s all about and that he can score great goals and in very important games.

He expects to enjoy his six months at Rangers and to see how it all goes for him and then at the end of the season he’s going to have a chat with the manager of Forest to see exactly where he stands with each club.

I like when Jason said, “When Rangers came in for me, it was a no-brainer”

The Scotland international should be in line to face former side Hibernian at Ibrox on Saturday should he get the call but says he is not prioritising any fixture over any other.

After scoring a creditable 71 goals in only150 appearances for Hibs he will still incur the wrath of his Easter Road fans because those green and white narrow minded fans will not be able to stand the thought of Jason joining the wonderful red, white and blue army of of the famous Glasgow Rangers.

Jason added:

"I'm looking forward to every game by putting on the royal blue jersey and playing my heart out for Rangers. I'm looking forward to it happening and it doesn't matter what team it is against.”

He admits that he has a couple of mates who still play for Hibs, so it'll be great to play against them and he is buzzing about playing every Rangers game.

He has dealt with loads of abuse when he was up here before, as it's part and parcel of the game up here.

“Down there it was easier but up in Scotland everyone seems to give you a bit more abuse and a lot more stick. I suppose I will be used to all the abuse by now, as it can only drive me on, and it makes me want to do the best I can. I look on it as a compliment when the opposition are giving you pelters, it's only because you are doing so well. That's the best way to look at it all.”

We can’t wait to see Cummings hit the heights at Ibrox.


  1. Richard want a bet we return to sender???

  2. I was thrilled when we signed Jason he is everything that we lacked His attitude and desire is infectious he knows what the Rangers are all about and has delivered both against us and others...I cannot wait for him to score on Saturday ...Ginger Puss will hate it !!!! Unfortunately he start on the bench CUMDOG !!!!

    1. Oh aye, ginger puss will be ragin' the night,right enough! 😒

  3. It's up to Jason to stake his claim when given his opportunity.

  4. Delighted with Cummings!
    Hope we can get him permanently in summer.
    Hes some player...and a goalscorer


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