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Cummings is determined to impress Gerrard and get permanent Gers deal

 

By Andy Newport

Jason Cummings has confessed he is desperate to remain at Rangers - but admits the final call will rest with new boss Steven Gerrard.

The on-loan striker is due to return to parent club Nottingham Forest after tomorrow's final game of the season against former side Hibernian.

But the 22-year-old Scotland frontman says he would rather stay on in Glasgow than rejoin Aitor Karanka's outfit.

Forest splashed out £1m to land him from Hibs last summer but new Gers manager Gerrard will not want to pay anything close to that figure for a player who has netted just six times since arriving in January.

But while Cummings is desperate for a deal to be done, he knows the decision is not his to make.

He said: "We've still not worked anything out but I want to stay. I want to be here. We've not started speaking about it yet and we've got a big game on Sunday, so that's more of a concern for me as we look for the win and second place.

"The new manager will be watching and it will be up to him who he brings in. I want to stay here so I'll have to do my best to impress him.

"I'm not too sure if Forest will want me back. I think they will be happy to sell me on. Hopefully I can sign for Rangers.

"That will be up to Rangers, however. I love it up here. I did enjoy it at Forest, I just don't know if I've got a future there."

Cummings has been forced to play second fiddle to main frontman Alfredo Morelos for much of his stint at Ibrox - and admits he felt like he never had the full backing of former boss Graeme Murty.

But he reckons big things are on the horizon if he is kept on.

"It's been hard and frustrating for me but I'm glad I've done it," he said. "It's been my best experience, playing for such a big club like Rangers. But it has been frustrating. With Murty I wasn't his first choice so he wasn't playing me. I'd only play one or two games then I'd only get to come off the bench for 10 minutes.

"But every time I've played I've tried my best. I think I've scored six goals but I've only started eight games.

"If I'd played more consistently I'd have been much more successful. I'm just looking to the future now, trying to get second place. This is only the beginning for me and Rangers. Hopefully next year I can kick on."

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