Celtic star Leigh Griffiths has been compared to new Dundee striker Jason Cummings.
Both strikers have had relatively comparable careers. Leigh Griffiths and Jason Cummings both came through the Hibernian youth ranks, having both been born in Edinburgh. The two strikers have played in England; Griffiths for Wolves, Cummings for Nottingham Forest, Peterborough and others.
The fork in the road where the two diverge, however? Cummings had a spell at Rangers.
Now, “Cumdog” (…) has joined Dundee, where – yes – Griffiths was a success. With 33 goals and 19 assists in just 62 games for the Dark Blues [Transfermarkt], the Celtic striker was incredible for the Taysiders. Cummings, who failed to score for Shrewsbury Town in 20-21, will be hoping to emulate the ex-Hibs marksman.
Dundee manager James McPake compared the two in his latest press conference. Via the Evening Telegraph, McPake said:
“He’s the Jason Cummings I remember from Hibs, technically very good and knocking goals in. He’s developed into an all-round better player since I last worked with him.
“[Cummings is] very similar to the way Leigh Griffiths was.
“He was all about goals when I first knew him but to be a striker there are other elements and you can see wee bits and pieces of hold-up play and whatever.
“I’m not comparing them like for like but both have a lovely left foot and love scoring goals.”
Celtic man Leigh Griffiths might feel slighted by comparison
For the avoidance of doubt: Celtic man Leigh Griffiths is a much, much better footballer than Jason Cummings.
Yes, the striker was excellent for Hibs, just like Griff was. His 71 goals in 149 games for the Hibees [Transfermarkt] suggests just that.
In a parallel universe, Cummings builds on his reputation in Scotland and becomes a big character in the Celtic dressing room. At one time, it wasn’t inconceivable. Derek Riordan, Chris Killen and Anthony Stokes all made the same move, to varying degrees of success.
However, Cummings had his big opportunity at one of Glasgow’s big two, and didn’t take it. Subsequently, his career hasn’t had the same momentum that Griffiths has enjoyed. In fact, Griffiths might feel aggrieved that a comparison is being made here.
Ultimately, though, Griff will probably want the best for the club he enjoyed some good years with. That will involve the big personality of Jason Cummings, as the Dark Blues search for promotion from the Championship.
Other Dundee news suggests Ewan Henderson might be on his way to the east coast on loan. We’ve already talked about how a temporary spell at Dundee might well suit the midfielder, who has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.
McPake said [Evening Telegraph]:
“There hasn’t been any developments on that. We knew about him at Ross County and has played in the Celtic first team this year.
“It came to us at the end of the window but we know it can happen any time this month.
“We are waiting on Celtic.”
With Henderson desperately needing first-team minutes to speed up his development, the club would be daft to turn this down. Realistically, Henderson is at least 5th or 6th choice as a central or attacking midfielder.
A technically gifted creative outlet, the academy graduate now needs to get experience under his belt, at a club with big aims and a young manager.
The Bhoys really should get this done.