Hibs take ‘massive boost’ from Rangers’ draw as Jason Cummings sees no end to own unbeaten run



Jason Cummings insists he cannot see an end to Hibernian’s unbeaten run after he and his team-mates received the ‘massive boost’ of Rangers dropping points at the weekend.

Cummings was again the Easter Road side’s match-winner in Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 win away to Alloa Athletic with a confident strike on the hour mark to take his season’s tally for the club to 14.

Having racked up their second narrow victory in four days, and their 14th of their last 15 outings, the capital outfit were thrilled to discover Rangers had failed to continue their near-flawless record after drawing 1-1 with Livingston.

(Pic: Twitter @HibsOfficial)
Cummings has now scored in eight of his last nine games for Hibs (Pic: Twitter @HibsOfficial)

Only goal difference now gives Rangers top spot in the Championship, although they do still enjoy a game in hand, to be played at home to struggling Dumbarton.

And Cummings is adamant Hibs are capable of keeping up the pressure on the Ibrox club as the pair promise a ding-dong title battle this term.

He said: “The main thing is concentrating on ourselves first. We’ve got to get the results and just do our thing.

“But, obviously, we have a little look at the other results, just to see where we are in the table.

“Rangers slipping up on Saturday has just given the boys a massive boost.

“And I can’t see us getting beat any time soon.”

Three points

Cummings has netted in eight of his last nine games for Hibs and also got on the score-sheet for the Scotland under-21s in their recent 2-2 draw with Ukraine.

A blank in last Tuesday’s win over Livingston denied the 20-year-old the chance to shoot for the club record of scoring in 10 games in a row, set by the legendary Joe Baker in season 1959-60.

However, whilst content to be back amongst the goals, the maturing former Hearts trainee insists the three points is his priority.

He added on Hibs TV: “I was delighted with my goal, personally, but the main thing is the three points and closing in on Rangers.

“Alloa are a decent side, especially when they’re at home, and it’s a small pitch and the Astro-turf is bobbly.

“They’ve camped in, so the boys just had to be patient and find gaps, and we prevailed in the end.

“Obviously, I was disappointed not to score on Tuesday but we got the result and the three points.

“So, I wasn’t too unhappy, but on Saturday I got my goal and I’m back a happy man.”