Neil Lennon comments on future of Jason Cummings

Hibernian's Jason Cummings (R) celebrates scoring their first goal with John McGinn

The Hibernian manager’s comments would be bad news for Glasgow Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County.

Hibernian's Jason Cummings (R) celebrates scoring their first goal with John McGinn

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Sun that Jason Cummings is close to signing a new deal with the club.

“I think we’re pretty close,” Lennon told The Scottish Sun about Cummings’s contract situation. “I don’t think we’re far away now. It would be a massive boost for us. He’s only 20, has really good attributes and has more to come.

“He’s best placed to do it here because it’s a familiar environment. He knows that he’ll play his fair share of games if he stays fit.

“That’s not guaranteed if he goes down the road. I think at least another year here will stand him in good stead going forward.”

Bolton manager Neil Lennon

Blow for interested clubs?

Lennon’s comments about Cummings will come as bad news to a number of clubs who are reportedly keen on signing the 20-year-old forward in the summer transfer window.

According to a report in The Daily Mail, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rangers, Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion are all interested in Cummings.

Cummings is one of the best young footballers in Scotland and was in good form for Hibernian last season.

The Scotland Under-21 international forward scored as many as 25 goals and helped the Scottish Championship outfit win the Scottish Cup.

Former Bolton manager Neil Lennon before the match

The youngster has been on the books of Hibernian his entire professional career so far and has a contract until June 2017, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

Wolves, Rangers, Derby and Brighton are all ambitious clubs, and they could return for Cummings next season.

The youngster is very talented, but at this stage of his career, he needs playing time. If Cummings plays well during the 2016-17 campaign for Scottish Championship club Hibernian, then he would not be short of offers next summer.

Hibernian's Jason Cummings scores their first goal from the penalty spot

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