Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Did Steven Gerrard make a big mistake with striker?

With Rangers’ struggles to secure Kyle Lafferty ongoing amidst the well-known lack of depth up front at Ibrox, we do wonder if Steven Gerrard made a bit of an error with Jason Cummings.

The 23-year old striker was a huge favourite here at Ibrox Noise, with his exemplary attitude and no small ability making him someone we were keen to tie up permanently.

Unfortunately, SG wasn’t interested, and with his start to life at Peterborough (two appearances, a goal and an assist), we really do wonder if we’d have been better served holding onto the former Hibs striker.

With Umar Sadiq’s uncertain start to life at Ibrox (he has the ability and presence, but as yet hasn’t quite blended in to say the least), Cummings would have been a low-cost and useful striker to keep among the squad, someone we could rely on to work hard and score goals.

He’s shown already in England that he’s capable if given a chance. He simply wasn’t at Forest – Warburton signed him and then dumped him (did that plenty with players at Ibrox) before Aitor Karanka decided to have a genuine vendetta against him.

So he’s at Peterborough and showing the ability to deliver.

We’re not pretending he’s a better striker than Lafferty – he’s 10 years his junior and a very different mould of front man.

But he could have been a very useful forward to have on the books, and it’s Peterborough instead benefiting.

Cummings showed at Ibrox that the shirt wasn’t too big for him – he thrived on the spotlight and was criminally wasted by Murty.

We can’t help wondering if his exit was a mistake.

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