Scottish giants, Glasgow Rangers have confirmed the signing of Nigerian striker Sadiq Umar on a season-long loan from AS Roma.
Coach Steven Gerrard made the Olympic Bronze medalist a priority, lauding his abilities and has made sure the lanky striker commits his short-term future to the Glasgow outfit.
The 21-year-old striker, who won bronze with Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics, has scored twice in six appearances for Roma since joining the Italian club from Serie B side Spezia in 2015.
Sadiq has spent the majority of his Roma career out on loan and has enjoyed spells at Bologna and Torino, as well as Dutch side NAC Breda, where he scored five goals in 12 games last season.
Lassana Coulibaly & Umar Sadiq enjoying their first day at their 🆕 🏡 – The Hummel Training Centre. pic.twitter.com/imeJiSdOCT
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Sadiq will become Steven Gerrard’s ninth summer signing and the Nigerian striker admits he was attracted to Ibrox by the former Liverpool captain.
Speaking to the club’s TV shortly after the completion of his loan deal, the young attacker admitted he could not just say no to Steven Gerrard and he’s looking forward to the pair working together.
“The plan was to stay in Rome this season but when Steven Gerrard calls, you can’t say no. He told me about the team, the players, that everyone will be at my side if I come here and he will help me to go forward in my career. You don’t have to think twice when someone says that to you,” Sadiq said.
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However, the Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard got his Rangers reign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Macedonians Shkupi in the Europa League first-qualifying round on Thursday at Ibrox.
Jamie Murphy put Gerrard’s men in front in the 23rd minute but only after a scare when a shot from Blagoja Ljamchevski hit the crossbar.
James Tavernier converted a late penalty after Murphy had been fouled in the box to give his side a comfortable advantage ahead of next week’s second leg in Macedonia.
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“Satisfactory. I thought we created enough to win more convincingly, so we are still in a tie, we are still in a game and we still have work to do. We certainly deserved the second goal. The game could have been 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 if we had been a bit more clinical or got a little bit more luck in the final third,” the former Liverpool great told BT Sport.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 12, 2018
Ex-England captain Gerrard, whose only previous coaching experience came with Liverpool’s youth teams, gave debuts to his former Liverpool team-mate Jon Flanagan and former Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield.
“There’s a lot of new players about, we’re still feeling our way in, it’s the first game. A lot of positives but still work to do.”
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