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Jase could be Hampden king or clown prince.


HE'S the clown prince of Easter Road but Terry Butcher reckons Jason Cummings could be the King of Hampden.

It's two years since the former England captain left Easter Road and still misses the Hibs livewire.

Cummings scored his first two Hibs goals in the first leg of the Premiership play-off that could have kept Butcher in Leith.

But he went from saint to sinner after missing the decisive spot-kick in the shoot-out after Hamilton turned the tie around in the second leg.

Butcher was binned after that and Hibs still haven't recovered with successor Alan Stubbs failing at the second attempt this season to get them back up.

Now they will look to end a 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo in Saturday's final and Butcher knows 25-goal Cummings holds the key to Hibs' hopes against his old club Rangers.

Butcher said: "One thing I do miss about Hibs is being with Jason. You just don't know what he is going to do or say. You just laugh at him because he's a real character.

"I know there are a lot of clubs down south watching him and I would have no hesitation in telling them what a great guy he is.

"He's bubbly. He's a clown but he can be a genius. He's not as mad as Gazza and I'd never liken him to Gazza as a player. But he's a real character.

"Jason believes a lot of things, some of them nowhere near the truth.

"You can call him a Walter Mitty but you can also call him a genius. He does things extraordinarily well. You wouldn't think twice about Jason missing a sitter then scoring an absolute belter from 35 yards to win it in extra time.

"As a manager it's nice to have someone like him in your squad. With more experienced players you know they're going to do this or that. But Jason has that extra bit of excitement, that devil-may-care attitude.

"You think, 'Why's he doing that' then you're shouting, 'Great goal'.

"He scored two goals for me in the play-off final at Hamilton, one a screamer. Then he missed the penalty that sent us down in the second leg at Easter Road.

"He went from the high of scoring two in the first leg to missing the penalty in the shoot-out. It would have hurt him but he has such a strong belief in himself to come back which he has done.

"You can't help but love him. He's a loveable rogue. You want to see him do well. He works his socks off.

"A lot of what he does is instinctive. He can score screamers, mis-hits or tap-ins. He can miss unbelievable chances but always goes back for more. Nothing fazes him.

"He's a confident boy and thrives on big games as his record against Rangers shows."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 17, 2016
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