Stephen Craigan suggests Umar Sadiq is being too flashy as Gerrard doubts Rangers role

Max Power of Wigan Athletic vies with Umar Sadiq of Rangers during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers striker Umar Sadiq is struggling at Ibrox.

Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  Stephen Craigan  of Motherwell celebrates his teams 3-0 victory over St Johnstone at the end of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Motherwell and St...

Pundit Stephen Craigan has told BT Sport that he thinks Umar Sadiq is trying to be 'too flashy' as his Rangers career is yet to really get off the ground.

The Gers brought in a whopping 15 new signings this summer, as was Steven Gerrard backed with a raft of new signings to bolster his Ibrox squad.

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So far, his additions have been impressive; Allan McGregor has been superb in goal, Croatian duo Nikola Katic and Borna Barisic have taken to Scottish football brilliantly, whilst Connor Goldson, Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent have also impressed.

 

However, if one signing has failed to impress – and it's too soon to judge Gareth McAuley, Joe Worrall or Eros Grezda following their late arrivals – then it's striker Umar Sadiq.

The Nigerian forward arrived on a season-long loan deal from Roma this summer, and he always seemed like a low-risk punt given his lack of major success over the course of his career to date.

Sadiq has failed to impress in brief cameos, wasn't even named in the squad to face Ayr United in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday night, and is clearly third-choice striker behind Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty.

Last night, Gerrard told the Daily Record that he thinks Sadiq needs to improve massively as he cast doubt over the striker's long-term future at Ibrox, and now pundit Stephen Craigan has had his say.

Umar Sadiq of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Craigan has told BT Sport that he had 'no idea' what Sadiq was trying to do in a substitue appearance in the Europa League, believing that he tries to be too flashy – but does feel that he has something to offer having scored goals for NAC Breda last season.

“I watched him come on in one of the European games and I have no idea what he was trying to do,” said Craigan. “He looks like he has got something, but it is trying to get it out of him often enough. He has got the ability no doubt, but he just tries to do too much and is too flashy.”

“From what I have watched so far, I haven’t seen enough to say that he is going to be a top player at this moment. But he scored goals in the Dutch league last year,” he added.

Max Power of Wigan Athletic vies with Umar Sadiq of Rangers during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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