- Glasgow Rangers have sealed a season loan deal for Nigeria’s U-23 star Sadiq Umar from Serie side AS Roma
- During the 2017-18 campaign Umar was on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda
- Umar insists the prospect of working ex-Liverpool star Steven Gerrard as Rangers boss shaped his decision to join Rangers
Glasgow Rangers have sealed a season loan deal for Nigeria’s U-23 star Sadiq Umar from Serie side AS Roma, according to the Scottish club.
Umar’s loan switch from the Italian outfit is subject to international clearance after the 21-year-old struggled to pin down a regular shirt since linking up with AS Roma from Serie B side Spezia in 2015.
During the 2017-18 campaign Umar was on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda and the switch to Scotland will offer the Nigerian another prospect for regular first-team football.
Speaking on his switch to Ibrox, Umar who was a member of the Dream Team IV that claimed the bronze medal in the football event during the Rio 2016 Olympics revealed that ex- Liverpool star Steven Gerrard as Rangers boss was a major reason that shaped his decision to move to Scottish topflight.
“It is very good to be here, it has been good so far and I can’t wait to start. I truly am excited to be joining Rangers, it is a historical club and I can’t wait to play here.
“I found out Rangers were interested in me about a month ago when I was on holiday in Nigeria. I got a phone call from my agent and he told me about Rangers and I said let’s see what happens,” he told Rangers TV in an exclusive interview.
“I found out Rangers were interested in me about a month ago when I was on holiday in Nigeria. I got a phone call from my agent and he told me about Rangers and I said let’s see what happens.
“He called me about two weeks ago and from there I started changing my mind. To be honest the plan was to stay at Roma this season but when Steven Gerrard calls you can’t say no.
“He told me about the team; even though I already knew about Rangers and that they are the most successful team in the world.
“He told me about the players and said everybody would be at my side if I came here to help me and he would also help me to go forward in my career."
Interestingly, Umar is frequently compared with Super Eagles legend Nwankwo Kanu as well as Emmanuel Adebayor, but the former FC Abuja star believes he’s coping with the pressure.
“I don’t like to say anything about myself but I am a hardworking player who always wants to help the team," he noted.
“I am just myself, even though in Nigeria I am compared to the legend Kanu and Emmanuel Adebayor. It is an honour when someone talks about Adebayor or Kanu next to me.
“In football you never know what is going to happen but hard work pays and with the work I am going to do here I think I will be successful.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that former U-23 forward Taiwo Awoniyi is set pen an extension with Premier League side Liverpool, despite offers from top Europe’s clubs, reports suggest.
According to the Reds' official website clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester City as well as Tottenham have all declared their interest on the 20-year-old who is expected to seal an extension to his present deal with the Kop side.
Painfully, inability to secure the mandatory work permit remains the stumbling block why the Nigerian youth international will still remain out of Anfield for another loan move.
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