BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Jason Cummings enjoyed the last laugh over his doubting Hibs teammates – after living up to his goalscoring guarantee against Morton.
The 20-year-old was dropped to the bench following the Hibees’ dismal 2-1 defeat against Dumbarton nine days ago and, with a point to prove, Cummings assured his fellow substitutes that he would find the net.
And he was as good as his word. Entering the fray after 57 frustrating minutes, he took just 17 seconds to ghost into the box and clinically convert a fine low cross from David Gray.
It proved to be the decisive strike in a stuffy contest – and a knowing glance back to the bench following his celebrations said it all.
Cummings said: “It was brilliant – and with my first touch. I was sitting on the bench and saying to the boys ‘I’m going score when I come on here’.
“They were probably thinking ‘aye, that’s just typical Jason’. So, when I came on and scored after 20 seconds I looked over the lads to say ‘told you so!’
“I was delighted with it, it was a brilliant ball in from Dave [Gray] – he’s set me up a million times like that, just cutting it across goal perfectly. That sort of quality makes it a tap in for me.
“I was never going to sulk on the bench. In my head, all I wanted to was come on and make an impact and hopefully get on the score-sheet
“It’s hot competition and I know myself that I wasn’t at my best against Dumbarton, no-one needs to tell me that. So, when I came on I was determined to do all I could to show the gaffer I want to be starting.”