If one thing stood out about Jason Cummings’ ineffectual display at Parkhead on Sunday, it was how desperate he was to stand out.
After the fanfare of his arrival, and everyone’s high hopes for his chances at Ibrox, to say he’s been ‘binned’ unceremoniously by his manager is putting it mildly.
Jason Cummings was treated like manure by Graeme Murty, there is little doubt about that, and to have started only four league matches since joining rather sums up how wasted the lad has been.
Alfredo Morelos had only finally been dropped through bad form, but it took months for this to happen, and as we all well know, Cummings cannot play the lone striker role.
He simply doesn’t have the physicality for it, nor the aerial dominance.
So shoving him up front in a solo stint is hardly fair, but despite that he still managed a fine goal against Hearts.
All because Murty simply wouldn’t change his formation – just like Warburton wouldn’t.
Cummings’ best two performances were against Ayr and Falkirk – there is no coincidence both he and Morelos essentially played together – a diamond 4-4-2 v Ayr, and Cummings just behind Morelos v Falkirk.
In short, he needs a partner. Everyone knows this. Stick him up top alone and he just can’t do damage.
So when he started up front v Celtic, he was never going to hurt them. But the lad was so desperate to succeed that he let it get to him and committed a crazy foul.
Yes, we’re big fans of Cummings. We like him. He has energy, drive, commitment and enthusiasm, not to mention talent, goals, and technical prowess. He plays for the shirt and for the fans.
But his entire spell at Ibrox has been one great big lesson in how not to manage a player.
And while frankly we wouldn’t blame him for leaving we hope the change at the top will see him given more opportunities.