Rangers’ title hopes appeared to be extinguished last week, with their dramatic 3-2 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic. Now that has been compounded, with the defeat against Kilmarnock this week. Former Rangers player Kris Boyd scored the winner as Steve Clarke’s men took yet another scalp.
The game represented a chance for striker Jason Cummings. The attacker is currently on loan at Rangers from Nottingham Forest and has found it hard to play regular football. Alfredo Morelos had established himself as the main striker, so Cummings had to get past the Colombian first.
After knuckling down and after an impressive showing against Falkirk recently Cummings got the nod, with Morelos still smarting from his Old Firm open-goal miss.
This was the chance for Cummings to stake his claim to be the number one striker. It was a test he failed to pass.
Throughout much of the game, Cummings seemed to be chasing shadows and could not impose himself on the Kilmarnock defence. Some Rangers fans have suggested in the past that Cummings might be something of a flat track bully, only punishing the smaller teams but disappearing for the big clashes.
His performance on this occasion did not help to silence those doubters. Morelos will now likely be reinstalled as the club’s number one striker and Cummings faces an uncertain future.
Nottingham Forest, his parent club, are hardly going to be impressed with Cummings’ performances since heading to Ibrox. Rangers fans are certainly not overly impressed, with just the one goal in the Scottish Premiership. Despite Cummings’ previous good record in Scotland, it looks right now that Rangers would be unlikely to sign him permanently.
The 22-year-old will need to show a marked improvement in his performances if he is to secure himself a permanent switch to Glasgow