JASON Cummings’ Hibs misery has continued after the ‘off-colour’ striker saw red playing for the club’s under-20s.
But the Easter Road side have breathed a sigh of relief after learning the top scorer will be free for Saturday’s crunch league clash with Falkirk.
Cummings has only started one of Hibs’ last five matches and has not even made it off the bench in two of those games.
Manager Neil Lennon has explained his decision to drop the marksman, who was the subject of a rejected £1.7 million bid from Peterborough United in August, by insisting the youngster needed a ‘jag’ to regain his previous form.
The Scotland under-21 cap looked keen to win his place back when he netted for Hibs’ development side just five minutes into their 4-1 defeat to Kilmarnock at the Oriam national performance centre yesterday.
However, he will not have curried favour with the watching Lennon with his subsequent actions after being sent-off by referee Scott Lambie for apparent dissent towards a linesman.
At least the incident will have no bearing on his availability for Saturday’s visit of Falkirk, with ‘offensive, insulting or abusive language’ earning him a one-match suspension if Lambie’s match report confirms that offence.
But that ban would be competition-specific, resulting in Cummings missing Hibs’ next match in the development league against St Johnstone next Tuesday rather than this weekend’s top-team encounter with the Bairns.
The incident is unlikely, however, to do Cummings, who scored eight goals in his first seven matches of the season, much good in trying to return to Lennon’s good books.