Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard has already made his first signing in Scott Arfield and is planning a total overhaul in the coming transfer window. Director of football, Mark Allen was quoted, “I’m confident Jamie will become a Rangers player, but we’re not quite there yet. With Jason there is dialogue, but it’s early.”
It seems like Jason Cummings could arrive on a permanent deal but Nottingham Forest are yet to sign off on it. The 22-year-old has done relatively well at the Ibrox despite not getting much playing time. He has contributed 10 goals and a single assist in his 35 appearances this season with the Reds and Rangers.
He might not be too keen on returning to Nottingham after undergoing a torrid 6-month spell in the first half of the season. A call-up from Graeme Murty came as a saving grace.
Cummings was already a huge fan of the Scottish Premiership outfit Hearts and earned himself a place in the youth academy. Unfortunately, he could not cut it for the senior team and was later released by the club in 2013.
He did break into the Hibernian senior squad and went on to make 149 appearances for the club, scoring 71 times and furthering 23 assists. His impressive display while playing for the Cabbage earned him a £1m move to Forest.
The then-Hibs boss, Alan Stubbs heaped praises over the striker after watching him take the pitch. He said, “It’s the most difficult thing you can teach someone, but it comes naturally to Jason. We worked on other parts of his game that we felt he could improve on, like his movement and his awareness around the penalty box.”
Both of his former clubs were rewarded with a compensation fee from the Scotland national team for the development of the youngster. Cummings has been capped 2 times by his country, making his debut against the Netherlands in November 2017.
Rangers are on a hopeful path of toppling the Celtic dominance in the Scottish top-flight. However, they will need the ideal squad depth and summer restructuring to really place any sort of competition on Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Keeping Cummings for a longer term is the right move towards those ambitions. The striker fills in wonderfully as a second-string option, behind the likes of Alfredo Morelos. O’Halloran has faced his fair share of struggles as well.
Gerrard should waste no time in making an official approach towards the Forresters for the 22 year old striker.