Former Rangers striker Jason Cummings has insisted he was “just a scapegoat” for ex-Dundee boss James McPake after the row over his Open Goal appearance that effectively ended his Dundee career.
Cummings appeared during the sold-out shot at the Hydro dressed as The Joker before being sent home from training by McPake the following day, with Dundee claiming the former Scotland star was “unfit” to train.
While Cummings accepts he didn’t ask the club for the thumbs up to appear at the Hydro, he thinks it was easier to point the finger at him than accept there were other problems at the club.
Cummings, who now plays in Australia, would leave Dundee shortly afterwards, and the former Rangers star insists other players at Dens Park will back up his claims that he wasn’t unfit.
“I’ll hold my hands up, I didn’t ask for permission to do it from the club,” he said [Sydney Morning Herald]
“I went on, did my little cameo as the Joker and went straight home after the show. It was a great laugh.
“But saying I wasn’t fit to train is completely untrue.
“It was frustrating because I didn’t really get the chance to have my say – and my side of the story was completely different.
“The manager wasn’t really having me. He didn’t want to play me for some reason.
“I was at training on time but they just sent me home.
“They said I was unfit to train… even the players will back me up.
“They made it into a big thing, like ‘Cummings is unfit, Cummings is this’. I feel like it made it easier for them to get rid of me.
“It’s easy to point the finger at me if the team starts doing badly or I start playing poorly. First thing they’ll say is, ‘Oh, Cummings is a joker, he doesn’t work hard enough’ – which isn’t the case.
“I’m just a scapegoat.”
Cummings spent six months at Ibrox prior to Steven Gerrard’s arrival at the club in 2018 and the striker has struggled to really hit the heights since leaving Rangers.
His move to Australia should give him a good chance to establish himself and focus on his football and fulfil some of the expectations that followed him earlier in his career.