Rangers goal hero Jason Cummings dedicated his first goal for the club to the travelling supporters, even though they nearly crushed him amid the wild celebrations that greeted his strike against Ross County.

Cummings came on as a late substitute in the match and scored with a deflected effort to put Rangers two goals to the good with eight minutes remaining. It was to prove crucial too, after County hit a late consolation through a David Ngog penalty.

The former Hibs man couldn’t hide his delight as he slid towards the fans, performing his trademark celebration by holding up the Joker tattoo on his hand to his face, before he disappeared under a sea of bodies as fans spilled onto the pitch.

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The smile underneath his hand was just as large though as he spoke after the game after being blown away by the reception he had been given by the Rangers support.

“I thought I died!” Cummings laughed. “Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to get up, I was praying for the coppers to come and get them off of me.

“It was good for the first 10 seconds and then I couldn’t breathe, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I was crushed more with Grado though, he’s a bit bigger.

“I can’t mind how many were on top of me, I just remember a big pair of denim jeans in my face.

“I did a knee slide and the momentum of the wet pitch took me into the fans, so I was kind of stuck, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It was fantastic, I’m buzzing. The fans were different class and I was saying to the boys that if I got on I would have to score and go sliding into the fans. I got my chance and I took it, so I’m buzzing.

“To be fair, even at Ibrox I got a great reception, and they were signing my name today every time I was down there.

“They’ve been different class with me, so that goal was for them.”

Cummings was delighted to get off the mark so early in his Rangers career, and he hopes he can now get close to match fitness in order to show the Ibrox fans what he is really capable of.

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“It helps strikers to get a goal in your first couple of games, your confidence is sky-high,” he said.

“You don’t want it to go on longer. The fans start to get on your back and you end up trying too hard, so now I’ve got my goal and I can kick on for Wednesday now.

“Confidence has never really been an issue for me to be fair.”

Rangers manager Graeme Murty discussed the possibility of playing both Cummings and Alfredo Morelos as a front pairing in the future, and Cummings admits it is a mouthwatering prospect as he looks to force his way into the starting eleven.

“I can’t complain, I’m not match fit at all and I haven’t had many games in the past few months,” he said.

“Morelos has been banging the goals in as well, so I was happy just to come on and try to get a goal, and hopefully in the next few weeks I can push for a start.

“I don’t see why I couldn’t play with Alfredo. He’s the type of player I like to play with, he gets himself about the pitch, makes runs and gets goals.

“I can see us playing up front together and causing teams problems. I think the manager will do it one day.”