Cum­mings: Fans were right to cel­e­brate how they did, I’d have gone onto the pitch as well

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HE MAY have been re­placed around half an hour be­fore the end, but Ja­son Cum­mings still man­aged to be right in the thick of it as Hibs sup­port­ers in­vaded the Ham­p­den pitch on Satur­day and he is hop­ing there will be no pun­ish­ment for the post-match scenes that tainted his side’s vic­tory.

At­tacks on Rangers play­ers and the dam­age to the Ham­p­den pitch and one of the goals as ju­bi­lant Hibs sup­port­ers poured onto the pitch, rightly drew con­dem­na­tion from all quar­ters, how­ever the mav­er­ick striker who has been linked with a pos­si­ble move to Ibrox, ad­mit­ted to hav­ing rev­elled in the eu­pho­ria.

“I meant to get caught up in it. I was try­ing to en­joy the mo­ment,” he said.

“It’s a mo­ment that doesn’t come around ev­ery time so I thought I’d stay out and en­joy it a wee bit longer with the fans. I loved it.”

Hibs man­ager Alan Stubbs had said that he did not con­done the ac­tion of sup­port­ers, but un­der­stood why emo­tion had spilled over as it did as the club’s 114-year wait for cup glory fi­nally ended and for all that it is in­evitable that there will be se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions, Cum­mings echoed that mes­sage.

“It’s pas­sion, it’s foot­ball isn’t it?” the 20-year-old asked rhetor­i­cally.

“You’re go­ing to get that, es­pe­cially with the Hibs fans. Ev­ery­one knows what a day it is, for Hibs a his­tor­i­cal day. 114 years… no-one in this life­time has seen Hibs win that cup so you’re go­ing to get pas­sion. If it didn’t hap­pen you would won­der what’s go­ing on.

“I don’t think they’ll get pun­ished. It’s foot­ball. You’ve scored a last minute win­ner in the Scot­tish Cup that you’ve not got in 114 years. I wouldn’t be sit­ting in my chair, I would be on that pitch. It makes the game good and en­ter­tain­ing. That’s what makes foot­ball.”

Set­ting aside what seems a more than op­ti­mistic as­sess­ment of how things are likely to pan out once in­ves­ti­ga­tions into scenes that were rem­i­nis­cent of some of the ug­li­ness that was cus­tom­ary in the seven­ties and eight­ies as police horses were called onto the pitch to help drive the

Hibs sup­port­ers back into their seats, Cum­mings’ ec­stasy was it­self un­der­stand­able for all that the man who had all but promised to get on the score­sheet had strug­gled to im­pose him­self be­fore be­ing re­placed.

“I didn’t know if I was go­ing to start the game be­cause (James) Keat­ings has been on fire and (An­thony) Stokes is al­ways a threat as well, so I was de­lighted to get the nod and be part of a fan­tas­tic day,” he said.

“I knew be­fore we were play­ing to­day it was our day, I just had a feel­ing, so I’m buzzing to be a part of a his­tor­i­cal mo­ment.

“We de­served a wee bit of luck be­cause with the League Cup and the play-offs it wasn’t our day, we got a wee bit hard done by with the last minute goals and what­ever and to­day I just thought it was our day.”

He claimed, too, that in spite of the spec­u­la­tion that has sur­rounded him, he has no plans to move on this sum­mer.

“I’ve re­tired from Scot­tish foot­ball, never mind Hibs. That’s me, I’ve re­tired from Scot­tish foot­ball. There’s an ex­clu­sive for you,” he joked, be­fore adding more se­ri­ously: “I’m con­tracted for next sea­son so as far as I’m aware it’s back in for pre-sea­son at Hibs. That’s all I know, se­ri­ously that is all I know. Ob­vi­ously we’re in Europe now as well so that’s another rea­son for me to come back. I think I should be com­ing back.”

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