Ex-Rangers star emerges as shock Australia World Cup contender
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Ex-Rangers star emerges as shock Australia World Cup contender

Former Rangers striker Jason Cummings has earned a maiden call-up to the Australia national team – and could be in line for a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Now turning out for A-League outfit the Central Coast Mariners, the striker has proclaimed himself “buzzing” at the news he’s set to join up with the Socceroos for their upcoming double-header against New Zealand.

It’s a sizeable squad of 31 players for Graham Arnold to pick from, so Jason Cummings faces plenty of competition for a World Cup spot with Australia.

With the final squad set to be of 23 players, the bluenose forward is just glad to be given an opportunity after excelling Down Under.

Jason Cummings in contention for Australia World Cup spot

The striker has netted an impressive ten goals and laid on six assists for the Central Coast Mariners since joining the club in January this year.

Interestingly, the call-up for Australia comes after Jason Cummings earned two caps for the Scotland national team, earning his debut in a friendly against the Netherlands in 2017.

The second came against Hungary a year later.

“I’m absolutely buzzing, over the moon,” said Cummings [Daily Record].

“It was a goal of mine for a long time now, and especially when I came to Australia in January it was something that I wanted to try and accomplish.

“When I got the call, I was so excited. It is just the beginning as well, hopefully I can get many more call-ups.

“Working with my manager Nick Montgomery has been huge. I fell back in love with the game when I came here. To have a manager that believes in me, who has played me every week.

“I am scoring goals and just thriving. It is good to be rewarded with this call up.”

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The ex-Ibrox forward, who had a six-month stint with the Gers in 2018, is a prominent character in Scottish football and has also enjoyed spelled with Hibs, Nottingham Forest, Peterborough, Shrewsbury, Luton and Dundee.

Whilst it never happened at Rangers for the striker, the Ibrox support are still warm to Jason Cummings and let’s hope he earns a FIFA World Cup spot with Australia.

Speaking of the tournament in Qatar, here are the former Rangers players who have lifted a World Cup.