Glasgow Rangers take Kyle Lafferty back to Ibrox, Umar Sadiq will suffer.
Kyle Lafferty’s return to Rangers has been completed.
According to The Daily Record, Rangers agreed a deal with Hearts to re-sign the big striker, who has now sealed his long-awaited comeback after previously spending four years at Ibrox.
It’s a massive deal for the Gers and one that could really help them bridge the gap to Celtic this season, given Lafferty’s talents up front.
However, it isn’t such a good thing for Umar Sadiq who must be frustrated to know that he could and probably is about to become Steven Gerrard’s third-choice striker.
There is no denying that Sadiq – on a season-long loan from Roma – has a significantly reduced role to play in Glasgow and he might need to be patient.
The Nigerian hitman would be behind Alfredo Morelos and the Hearts hitman.
One thing Sadiq had going for him was his height and physicality, given that he is 6’3 and a very different option than Morelos. The bad news is that Lafferty is 6’4 and is also a different option to Morelos, but he has far more strings to his bow – including experience in Scotland – than Sadiq.
It’ll be a long season and the Roma-owned man – who earns £6,000 per week (£310,000 per year) with the Italian club [Calciomercato] – is going to get plenty of chances, especially if the Blues reach the group stages of the Europa League, but Lafferty’s arrival means he’s certainly going to have to bide his time before they come.