Warburton defends Nottingham Forest-owned Rangers striker Cummings

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby, England.

Graeme Murty’s Glasgow Rangers brought Jason Cummings to Ibrox on loan from Nottingham Forest in January.

Mark Warbuton, Manager of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on December 16, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Former Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told The Scottish Sun that Jason Cummings did not fail at Nottingham Forest before his loan move to the Ibrox club.

Cummings joined Scottish Premiership club Rangers on loan from Forest in the Championship in England in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old Scotland international striker will remain at the Gers until the end of the season.

The youngster moved to Forest from Scottish club Hibernian in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee reported by The Nottingham Post to be worth £1 million.

Cummings was signed by then Forest manager Warburton, and the striker failed to make a huge impact at the City Ground, scoring just one goal in 14 Championship starts before joining Rangers on loan.

Mark Warburton of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on December 9, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Warburton told The Scottish Sun: “I read some articles that Jason failed down south. Utter nonsense. He’s just a young player who was adjusting to the demands of a different league.

“With the greatest of respect, the English Championship is a more demanding league than Scotland’s top flight, with far bigger, tougher defenders.

“I never doubted Jason would score goals in England. But now he’s back in Scotland with Rangers and I wish the boy every success.”

Jason Cummings of Nottingham Forest scores his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8, 2017...

Mark Warburton is right

True, Cummings did not make a huge impact at Forest in the first half of the season, but the Scottish striker was at the Reds for only a few months.

It takes time for a player to adapt to the rigours of the Championship, and if the 22-year-old returns to the City Ground in the summer of 2018, then he could well become an important player in Aitor Karanka’s team.

What must also be noted is that Cummings is only 22 years of age and is still developing as a footballer.

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