Cult former Rangers hero Jason Cummings has turned heads in Scotland after being clipped with his arm around Lionel Messi as Argentina defeated Australia in the World Cup.

The 27-year-old forward has seen his career rejuvenated Down Under with Cummings now turning out for Australia after impressing with A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

Argentina v Australia: Round of 16 - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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After struggling to hold down a club ever since moving to Nottingham Forest all those years ago, it’s something of a fairytale story for the boy from Edinburgh who had a six-month stint with boyhood club Rangers in 2018.

And this was summed up none-more-so than in the 2-1 Argentina Round of 16 victory over Australia where Jason Cummings was pictured with Lionel Messi as the legendary attacker inspired his nation to victory in his 1000th professional game.

Jason Cummings embraces Lionel Messi

Messi scored the opener in the eventual Argentina victory with Man City striker Julian Alvarez adding a second and an Enzo Fernandez own goal ensuring a nervy finish.

But come the full-time whistle – and despite the fact Jason Cummings never got on the park during the match – the ex-Rangers forward was filmed congratulating Lionel Messi on the field of play.

The clip has gone viral on social media as football fans in Scotland laugh at the notion that Jason Cummings has gotten further at a World Cup than any Scotsman in history.

Australia put in a valiant effort to get to the knockout stages after victories over Tunisia and Denmark but Argentina were clearly a step too far for the plucky Socceroos.

Ex-Rangers striker Jason Cummings may also have his eye on a spot at the next World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada after being included in this Australia squad for the tournament in Qatar.

Next up for Lionel Messi and Argentina is a quarter final with the Netherlands on Friday as they look to lift their first World Cup since 1986 and the third in their history.

Meanwhile, one Rangers director has leapt to the defence of his record as fans continue to heap on the pressure.

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