WHILE Jason Cummings is as good at making statements off the park as he is on it, Alfredo Morelos has done all of his talking in front of goal this season.

The pair – one from Edinburgh and the other from Cerete in Columbia – come across as very different characters but they share a common ambition at Ibrox. Thankfully for Rangers, football is a universal language.

Boss Graeme Murty started Cummings and Morelos together for the first time on Sunday and the results, both individually and collectively, were encouraging for the Light Blues.

The South American may have missed a gilt-edged chance at Somerset Park but his two goals helped the Gers to a 6-1 win as Cummings and Jamie Murphy also netted and Josh Windass hit a second half brace.

The arrival of the former Hibs star during the January window has given Murty a solution as well as a problem. He has back-up for Morelos, but he could also have a partner.

“We’ve got a few new faces in as well so we’re still gelling and getting used to each other,” Cummings said.

“Sometimes partnerships just click. But often you need to get used to what they do. You need to work out if they are going short or long.

“It doesn’t help if they don’t speak English as well! That makes it a wee bit harder. You just have to use hand signals.

“To be fair, I think he knows more than he lets on. I think he picks and choses when he wants to listen.

“Hopefully, you get there after a few games. But I see the promising signs.

“He scored two and I got one against Ayr and Josh got a couple as well. So that’s five goals between the front three.

“I can see us playing together and causing defenders problems. I can’t see many defenders looking at us two up front and thinking they are going to have an easy game. It’s exciting anyway.”

The goal that Cummings scored on Sunday came at just the right time for Rangers as Murty’s side took the lead and then eased to a comfortable fifth round victory. At one stage, it had all looked very different, however.

A howler from Wes Foderingham allowed Alan Forrest to put the Honest Men ahead early on, while Morelos’ miss from just a couple of yards left the travelling support in disbelief.

It was a case of all’s well that ends well, though. Come the end of a captivating cup tie, the sitter had become a footnote.

Cummings said: “I’ve been there. I’ve missed ones similar to that in my career.

“It takes character to score two more goals after that. A lot of players would go in their shell.

‘’The fans were getting on their back. But he’s responded with two good goals. He got the last laugh.

“As a striker you are just hoping you get another chance to turn it around. An easy chance at that. Because at the back of your mind you’re thinking ‘I don’t want to do that again’.

“As I say, it takes character. It takes a lot to then score a couple more goals so fair play to him.”

Morelos was mocked by the United fans behind the goal in the Somerset Road End after he somehow scooped a shot high over the bar rather than into the net.

But it was the Colombian that had the last laugh as he scored just minutes later to set Rangers on their way to a deserved victory.

The same can be said for Cummings. The personal taunts and abuse directed at him from the same section quickly dissipated as he led the line with aplomb.

Cummings said: “I get it every week. I’ve always said that they give stick to the players that are causing them problems. You know what I mean?

“They wouldn’t give stick to someone that no one has heard of or who isn’t doing well.

“So I take it as a compliment. It urges me on to score against them. The joke’s on them at the end of the day.”

The goals from Cummings and Morelos were just two of the positives for Murty to take as Windass continued his fine scoring form and Murphy got off and running in Light Blue.

The Ibrox boss was pleased with the mentality of his side as they recovered from their early setback and showed their quality to set up a quarter-final meeting with Falkirk.

And Cummings hopes there is plenty more to come from the Gers as they attempt to finish with a flourish this term.

He said: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game. It’s a smaller pitch there and the conditions weren’t the best.

“But I thought, particularly in the second half, we got the job done. In the first half we weren’t at our best. They did well and got their goal.

“Thankfully we got one back. But I thought in the second half we were different class. I think that’s the Rangers we are and are aiming to be more like.

“I was really happy to get my goal. There were a few games there where I hadn’t scored so I was choking to get on the score sheet. It’s always good to get another one.

“I felt it was a nice bit of skill. It just came in and I just flicked it towards goal and it went in. I’ll take that all day long.

“Up until then there wasn’t a huge amount in it. Credit to Ayr, I thought they were decent. They made it hard for us especially in the first half.

“It just shows how good we were in the second half. They gave us a game but we showed our class in the end.

“The second half is what we are aiming to be more like. In the first half we weren’t at our best.

“Obviously the second half scoreline is what we are looking for more often. We’re working on it.”