Ex-Rangers star kickstarts World Cup dream, goes viral with interview
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Ex-Rangers star kickstarts World Cup dream, goes viral with interview

Former Rangers striker Jason Cummings scores on his Australia debut before his post-match interview goes viral online.

The eccentric striker spent only six months in Govan in the first half of 2018 but the ex-Hibs star’s jovial personality was a hit with supporters even if Cummings wasn’t always on the park.

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Undoubtedly a talented player, things hadn’t quite gone to plan for the now 27-year-old striker after a move to Nottingham Forest was proceeded with a series of loan moves, including the one to Ibrox.

But now at Central Coast Mariners, a resurgent Cumdog is loving life Down Under and family ties have meant a call-up to the Australia national team ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.

Jason Cummings nets on Australia debut

Earning his maiden Socceroos selection for a double-header against New Zealand, Jason Cummings wasn’t involved in the first clash between the two sides – a 1-0 win to Australia – but played in the return over the weekend.

Coming on to replace Mitchell Duke in the second half of the eventual 2-0 win, Cummings made it a debut to remember by rounding off the scoring from the penalty spot with ten minutes to play.

But whilst the former Scotland international – who twice played in friendlies in front of the Tartan Army – grabbed headlines with his goalscoring, the striker also turned heads after the game.

Speaking to Australian media following his debut goal, Jason Cummings’ east coast accent certainly stuck out amongst the Aussies as he entertained those watching at home with his take on the goal.

“Absolutely buzzing,” said Cummings [Socceroos].

“I was just chomping at the bit to try and get on over the camp, it’s been a good camp, the boys have been different class and I was just wanting to get on the pitch.

“I got a good 30 minutes and the ball fell to me, I caught it well and it was going on then the boy handballed it, I was fuming and looking at the ref.

“He gave the pen and I thought, I’ve got to step up and take this and finished off my dinner so, I was buzzing.”

The goal may well have grabbed Australia manager Graham Arnold’s attention whilst the post-match interview certainly did the Aussia fans and let’s hope Jason Cummings can earn a spot at Qatar 2022.

Australia made the tournament after beating Peru in a World Cup Playoff and the Socceroos were rewarded with a Group D place against France, Tunisia and Denmark.

Meanwhile, here are the three former Rangers players who’ve lifted the World Cup.