Dundee manager James McPake thinks Jason Cummings was disappointed to miss out on a place in the starting XI against Hearts yesterday – and insists the striker is always likely to pop up with a goal when needed.

Cummings came off the bench to net the equaliser at Tynecastle for Dundee and McPake hinted that he could come into the starting XI on Wednesday night against Ross County.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 08: James McPake Manager of Dundee arrives at Celtic Park before the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee FC on August 8, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

After having to make do with a place on the bench yesterday, Cummings even told the Dundee bench he was going to score the winner such is the former Rangers and Hibs star’s confidence in himself just now.

“Even before today he was in contention to start on Wednesday night [against Ross County],” McPake said.

“He’s probably been disappointed [not to start] because his goal record at Dundee has been good.

“He’s a goalscorer and you always know when he’s in your team he is likely to get you a goal.

 

“It sums him up that we brought him over to give him some instructions and he said he was going to get the winner.

“He has confidence in himself and that’s great. He’ll be disappointed not to get the winner.

“He says he’ll score every game and he even talked Cammy Kerr into doing a long throw.

“We’ve been doing a long throw for three years and Cammy has never taken one – I’d like to say it was something we worked on but it wasn’t!”

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