BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
Jason Cummings is in no doubt that Hibernian can finish the job and beat city rivals Hearts in next week’s Scottish Cup replay.
Cummings, released by Hearts as a 16-year-old, sparked Hibs’ dramatic comeback at Tynecastle on Sunday when he netted his 19th goal of the season with a stunning header just 10 minutes from the end.
And, with Paul Hanlon’s scrambled injury-time equaliser earning Alan Stubbs’ side a deserved 2-2 draw, Cummings has plenty of faith in his team-mates ahead of the rematch next Tuesday.
The Scotland under-21 cap said: “I’m confident we can beat Hearts – 100 per cent.
“We showed in the second-half that we can give them a good game and beat them.
“I knew that we were going to come back. I had faith in the boys. We said at half-time the next goal was crucial and luckily we got the next goal.
“I thought then we were going to win it. I reckon if there was five or 10 minutes more we would have won the game. I’m just delighted for the boys.”
Sunday’s riveting tie was the first time that Cummings and on-loan Celtic striker Anthony Stokes have been paired in attack by Stubbs, other than a 14-minute spell on Stokes’ debut against St Mirren last month.
However, it is a partnership that Cummings believes can only get better.
“It’s a pleasure to play with someone like Stokesy,” added the 20-year-old to the BBC. “He’s been in the game a lot, got a lot of experience and he’s a top player.
“I can feel us getting a good relationship on the pitch. We’ve got a good relationship off the pitch. We get on really well in the changing room and he’s a good lad.”