That’s me on the free-kicks now! – Nottingham Forest’s Jason Cummings on ‘massive honour’ of Scotland call-up


Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings says it is a “massive honour” to be called up by his country for the first time.

And he hopes his form for the Reds can see him earn a more regular place in the Scotland squad.

Cummings will hope to win his first cap on Thursday, when caretaker boss Malky Mackay and his team face Holland in a friendly.

He describes it as a boyhood dream come true simply to be involved with the national side as they look to move on from their failure to make next year’s World Cup.

“I am delighted to be in the squad. I was so proud when I saw my name,” said the 22-year-old.

“Growing up, this was my dream and my family are so proud.

Jason Cummings poses for photographs after a Scotland training session

“It’s listed as a friendly, but it won’t be for me and the lads – we are focusing on Euro 2020, and this is the start.

“If I get involved, I’ll be on it. It would be great to get a cap, but just getting called up is a massive achievement.

“I have got a wee taste of it now, so I want to keep myself in the squad and get the full thing.

“My target is to get into the team and stay in the squad. To do that you need to be playing well for your club.

“If I get the nod then I will be ready to step up. But there are a lot of top players in the Scotland squad, so I won’t be raging if I’m not picked.

“I’m just happy to be here. It’s a massive honour.”

Cummings’ chances of starting against the Netherlands have been boosted by Leigh Griffiths being ruled out with a calf injury.

The Reds man is now the only centre forward left in the squad.

Jason Cummings shows off his tattoos during the home kit launch at the Dalmahoy Hotel in Edinburgh

“I messaged Leigh and told him that’s me on the free-kicks now! He sent me a text saying, ‘well done on getting in the squad’,” said Cummings. “We get on great together, he’s a good lad.

“Leigh will want me to do well but he might not want me scoring a free-kick.”

Griffiths hit two brilliant set-pieces for Scotland back in June as they drew 2-2 with England in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

Not that Cummings remembers much of that match.

“I was in Ibiza,” he recalled. “I was in the Highlander bar watching it. It was bouncing. I can’t even mind the goals!”

The Scot has bagged four goals in 14 appearances for Forest since his summer switch to the City Ground from Hibernian.

And he feels he has made significant progress at the Championship club.

“I feel I have got fitter and a bit bigger as well,” he said. “The games come so thick and fast that you have to make sure your recovery is right.

“I feel I have matured as well. Playing with and against better players has made my game come on. I feel I’ve got better.”



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