Hibs striker Jason Cummings insists team motivated to claim promotion place after watching Falkirk celebrate at Easter Road



Jason Cummings insists Hibs will use the sight of Falkirk celebrating at Easter Road to drive them on to play-off glory in the Championship.

The Leith outfit were devastated at throwing away a two-goal lead against the ten men Bairns in the final three minutes of Tuesday’s clash.

Falkirk then rubbed salt into the home side’s wounds by enjoying the moment with their own fans after the final whistle.

jasoncummingsThe result leaves Hibs six points adrift of Falkirk, albeit Alan Stubbs’ side have two games in hand, in the race for a semi-final play-off berth.

But 23-goal striker Cummings insists he and his team-mates will use the Bairns’ taunts for inspiration in their bid to turn around a season that has been thrown off track by one league win in eight.

Ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United at Hampden, Cummings said: “We saw them celebrating with their fans at the end and that will drive us to get promotion.

“We will face Falkirk again in the play-offs.

“We said after the game that we saw the Falkirk players jumping around and celebrating with their fans.

“We made a point of saying to each other ‘make sure that we don’t see that again’.

“We noticed Falkirk celebrating and it was Uncle Kev (Thomson) who mentioned it and said: ‘I hope you all saw that?’

“Sometimes that kind of thing acts as a spur and drives you on to get a bit of revenge on them after they celebrated like that.”

Asked why he calls former Rangers and Middlesbrough playmaker Thomson uncle, Cummings added: “We call KT uncle Kev because he helps a few of the younger boys like myself, Hendo (Liam Henderson) and John McGinn out a lot.

“He is a wise head in the changing room and he is very experienced and he is like a father figure to some of the younger lads in the dressing room.

“He is good to talk to and uncle Kev has just stuck.”