Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has warned Jason Cummings he’ll have to learn to control his emotions after he was forced to take the striker off as he flirted with a red card against Queen of the South.
Only minutes after being booked for failing to retreat ten yards at a free-kick, Cummings clashed with Queens skipper Chris Higgins, the incident brought to the attention of referee Greg Aitken by his assistant John McCrossan.
Fortunately for Cummings Aitken decided against a second yellow, which would have sent the 20-year-old for an early bath and out of Hibs next Championship match against Dumbarton.
But with the alarm bells ringing Stubbs replaced Cummings, who had opened the scoring in what proved to be a comfortable 3-0 win, with the Easter Road outfit’s other two goals coming from midfielder Liam Henderson and Martin Boyle, who came on for Cummings.
Admitting the switch was made “just in case”, Stubbs said: “Jason is still very young and obviously still learning. His enthusiasm was getting the better of him at that time, so we decided to take him off.
“It was the right decision, not just for Jason but the team. He has to learn. It’s not a negative thing, but he just has to learn to control his emotions and not put himself in positions where sometimes he can give the referee a decision to make.”
While insisting he didn’t mean to catch Higgins and that his action wasn’t worthy of a red card, Cummings accepted Stubbs’ decision was the right one. “I was getting a bit frustrated,” he said. “Sometimes I get a wee bit caught up in the game just because I want to win and score goals. I put a lot of pressure on myself. If I give the ball away it frustrates me and I know I just need to control it a bit and I am working on that.”