Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side return to second place in the Scottish Premiership courtesy of a thrilling 5-3 victory over Hamilton on Sunday.
Graeme Murty’s men saw nearest rivals Aberdeen fall to a 2-0 defeat at Hibernian on Saturday to open the door for a return to second place, and the Gers duly obliged by prevailing in a sensational encounter at New Douglas Park. A hat-trick from Josh Windass as well as strikes from Jamie Murphy and Alfredo Morelos secured the three points for the Scottish giants, with efforts from Darren Lyon, David Templeton, and Dougie Imrie giving Martin Canning’s side a chance, but they ultimately weren’t enough to deny Rangers a 16th league win of the campaign.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Light Blues fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side can translate their recent run of form into their clash with Hearts at Ibrox next weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Gers supporters to discuss, not least recent comments from Rangers academy boss Kevin Thomson, who has encouraged striker Jason Cummings to be more ‘selfish’ if he is to secure a permanent deal in the summer.
Yet director of football Mark Allen should already be prioritising a move for the 22-year-old this summer, as he has shown in the early phase of his Rangers career that he could be a huge asset for the club going forward.
The Nottingham Forest forward has bagged two goals and laid on one assist in seven appearances for Murty’s side so far, and while he may be struggling to displace the likes of Windass and Morelos in the starting eleven, he often makes an impact off the bench to suggest that he can be called upon to do a job by the Gers chief.
More significantly though, Rangers should already be thinking about penning Cummings down permanently, as the futures of both Morelos and Windass remain uncertain heading into the summer.
The former has attracted much interest from China, with reported figures of around £8 million likely to at least interest the Rangers hierarchy, and while Windass has recently signed a new deal, if he continues his rich vein of form, clubs are still likely to come knocking at the end of the campaign.
Yet were that duo to remain at Ibrox heading into next season, it’s imperative that the Gers have depth in every position on the pitch, and there’s little doubt that Cummings gives them that in the forward ranks.
Yes, he may have hoped to have started more regularly than he has so far, but there are still plenty of matches to come between now and the end of the season, and Murty will be sure to utilise all his squad in a bid to secure second place, and possibly bridge the gap on leaders Celtic.
And the fact that they are beginning to cut that gap to Brendan Rodgers’ men, currently at nine points, sets them up well for next season to really start giving the Bhoys something to think about – they have to keep this squad intact, and then add to it over the summer.
Things are certainly starting to look up at Rangers and the future looks brighter now than it has done in a while. And Cummings appears to have the desire to play a big part in that in the years to come.
And that is why Allen must prioritise signing the £900,000-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) on a permanent deal in the summer.
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