Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team return to winning ways on Sunday courtesy of a 2-1 success over Hearts at Ibrox.
Graeme Murty’s men went into their Scottish Premiership clash with the Edinburgh-based outfit off the back of losing 4-0 to Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals the weekend before, a result which has hardly helped Murty’s cause with regard to retaining the job through the summer. Yet the Gers responded admirably at Ibrox on Sunday as goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias sent them on their way to all three points, and while Christophe Berra did get one back for the visitors late on, it wasn’t enough to prevent Rangers’ 20th league victory of the campaign.
Subsequently, there have been many happy and upbeat Light Blues fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping Sunday’s win can spur the club on to finish the season strongly, and ideally in second place in the Scottish Premiership.
And several of our resident Rangers fans have been looking back on Sunday’s victory with regards the future of on-loan striker Cummings, with many feeling that securing an agreement with the £720,000-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) regarding a permanent move is the most important deal their side can strike this summer.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old left Scotland last summer to join Championship side Nottingham Forest, but he struggled for regular minutes at the City Ground and was thus shipped out on loan to the Scottish giants back in January.
And while he may not have started as many games as he perhaps would have liked under Murty in recent months, the striker has still managed an impressive six goals and one assist in 14 appearances for the Gers, including the opener against Hearts on Sunday.
That was just his third start in the Scottish Premiership for the Light Blues to suggest that he maybe isn’t at the forefront of Murty’s thinking, yet his all round display in brilliantly leading the line suggests that further starts could be in the offing.
And with Rangers hoping to bridge the gap to bitter rivals Celtic in the coming seasons, they need quality throughout their squad, and there’s little doubt that Cummings brings that to the attacking ranks.
Alfredo Morelos is comfortably the best forward at the club but was subject of intense Chinese Super League interest during January, and as such the Gers could struggle to keep hold of him during the summer.
And with Kenny Miller likely to leave at the expiration of his contract, and fellow forward Eduardo Herrera some way down the pecking order, Rangers look set to be short of genuine striking options heading into the 2018/19 season.
And that, alongside Cummings’ bright stint north of the border, underlines the fact that securing an agreement over a permanent move for the 22-year-old is the most important deal Mark Allen and the Rangers’ hierarchy can do this summer.
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