Central Coast Mariners boss Nick Montgomery thinks former Rangers striker Jason Cummings can put himself in contention for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad after “turning his life around” down under.
Cummings has been a big hit since joining Mariners at the start of the year and has been regularly touted for a place in the Socceroos set up ahead of this winter’s World Cup.
Montgomery is delighted with how things have gone so far for the ex-Rangers loanee and believes he’s “really matured” since leaving Dundee under a cloud.
“Jason has been fantastic. I brought him over here knowing he’s a quality player. He has turned his life around and concentrated on what he does on the park,” Montgomery said [Glasgow Live].
“He’s kept his head down on the park. He has produced and he is unfortunate not to have been called up to the national team yet.
“I did my own research on him and I spoke to people who knew him. I spoke to people who knew him and they said he was a big character.
“But they also said if you can manage him and get his head right, he will score goals. That’s what he has done and I haven’t got one bad word to say about him.
“I have told him that he needs to keep his head down. He’s really matured. He has a lot of support over here and people are calling for him to get a call-up. With the World Cup coming up, hopefully he can put his hand up for it.”
Good to see Cummings finally live up to potential briefly on show at Rangers as he closes in on World Cup spot
Despite his off-field antics, there is a talented footballer there; it just gets overshadowed by much of the nonsense that followed Cummings.
Having looked to get his head down, he’s now starting to reap the rewards and a place at the World Cup would be an incredible way to end 2022.
While he looks as though he may have to wait for his chance to make his mark for the Socceroos, there’s still enough time for him to force his way into Graham Arnold’s plans for Qatar.