Rangers and Sunderland are both facing up to life without their talismanic, veteran goalscorer – albeit for very different reasons. Gers top scorer Kenny Miller (above) appears to be on his way out with his contract running down while Black Cats’ leading light Jermain Defoe is expected to leave when the inevitable relegation is confirmed.
And Hibernian’s characterful goal-machine Jason Cummings is hotly tipped to be on the shortlist of both striker-seeking clubs. Rangers have been credited with an interest in the past, as reported by the Daily Mail, while the Scottish Sun claim Sunderland manager David Moyes has scouted the striker personally after hitting the 20-goal barrier for the third successive season.
And although Cummings’ reputation precedes him (rough-housing wrestling moves just a few days before a Scottish Cup semi-final are never advised), former Hibs manager Alan Stubbs believes there’s more to the 21-year-old than meets the eye – even if he was tempted to release his inner Hulk Hogan after his disastrous panenka penalty in the Cup semis last season.
“I didn’t just want to body slam him – I wanted to take him out. I wanted to throw him over the top ropes. It would have been a TKO!” Stubbs told the Daily Record.
Fortunately, Hibs managed to recover to seal their place in the final and end a 114 year wait for a major trophy.
“He has made a couple of decisions in the past that are regrettable but he’s starting to mature and grow up a little bit. He understands, has an opinion and wants to learn. And if he does that who knows where he is going to be. Jason’s a goalscorer.”
Prolific, young, and eager to put his past behind him; it’s easy to see why Rangers and Sunderland would be interested in this natural born striker.