Steven Gerrard comments on Umar Sadiq’s Rangers future

Steven Gerrard Manager of Rangers leaves the pitch after the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Villarreal CF and Rangers at Estadio de la Ceramica on September 20, 2018 in Villareal,...

Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers signed AS Roma’s Umar Sadiq on loan in the summer transfer window.

Rangers manager Setev Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Heart of  Midlothian and St Johnstone at Tynecastle Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Edinburgh,...Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has told The Sunday Post that he does not plan to send Ibrox loanee Umar Sadiq back to AS Roma anytime soon.

Ibrox club Rangers signed Sadiq on a season-long loan deal from Italian club Roma in the summer transfer window.

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The 21-year-old striker has struggled to make an impact for Rangers so far, and has played only 26 minutes of football for the Gers, as reported by The Sunday Post.

 

Rangers manager Gerrard has said that he wants the Nigeria Under-23 international striker to step up his game and prove that he is good enough for the Gers.

The Liverpool legend, though, has said that he does not plan to sent Sadiq back to Roma in the January transfer window.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd, now at Scottish Premiership rivals Kilmarnock, though, has suggested that Sadiq - who cost Roma £2 million in transfer fees when they signed him from Spezia in 2016, according to The Scottish Sun - could be gone from Ibrox before next summer.

 

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.

Gerrard told The Sunday Post when asked if Sadiq could be sent back to Roma: “It’s not something that we’ve thought about, and it’s not something we’d try and do.

“What we want is the real, aggressive Sadiq. That’s we’ve paid for, that’s what we’ve asked for, that’s what we’ve got in. This is me trying a different way to get it out of him because I’ve tried other ways.”

Boyd wrote in The Scottish Sun about Rangers’ Scottish League Cup semi-final tie: “Umar Sadiq would fit that bill but going by Steven Gerrard’s comments in midweek I wouldn’t be surprised if the on-loan striker was back in Rome by the time the semi-final rolls around.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and assistant Gary McAlilstar are seeml during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Heart of  Midlothian and St Johnstone at Tynecastle Stadium on...

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