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The signing of Umar Sadiq represents a rare howler in Steven Gerrard’s impressive Rangers start

The signing of Umar Sadiq represents a rare howler in Steven Gerrard’s impressive Rangers start

According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers have cut short Umar Sadiq’s loan spell at Ibrox. The 21-year-old made the move to the Scottish giants during the summer on loan from Italian heavyweights Roma, yet he has been on the outskirts of the first team for much of his time in Glasgow under new manager Steven Gerrard.

And reports suggest that the Rangers boss has cut short Sadiq’s temporary stint at the club given his lack of meaningful impact so far this season, and while Gerrard appears to have got very little wrong during his time with the Light Blues, there’s little doubting that the loan agreement to bring the 21-year-old to Ibrox has been a rare howler in his otherwise fine start to life north of the border.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, Liverpool legend Gerrard inherited an extremely tough job at Rangers upon appointment as Graeme Murty’s successor during the summer, what with the club well short of Old Firm rivals Celtic in finishing third in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Yet the 38-year-old began to put his stamp on things at Ibrox with 15 signings and several departures during the close season, with 21-year-old Sadiq one of many loan additions Gerrard clearly felt would benefit his side in the final third of the pitch.

And while plenty of his summer signings have proven their worth during their stints at Ibrox, with the likes of Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, and Ryan Kent in particular impressing, the same simply cannot be said of striker Sadiq.

The 21-year-old was lured to Ibrox in a bid to ease the workload and expectation on fellow young forward Alfredo Morelos, but that simply hasn’t happened given the latter remains the main man at the club, and the former failed to net a single goal for the Light Blues.

And with no assists either in any of his four senior appearances for the Gers, it’s hardly surprising that Gerrard hasn’t played the forward since their Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen back in October – that was the chance for Sadiq to prove his worth in Morelos’ absence, and he failed to do so.

Overall, things have certainly picked up at Rangers following Gerrard’s appointment, with the club having reached the group stages of the Europa League and currently sitting second in the Scottish Premiership table – they are heading in the right direction under the 38-year-old.

And even the vast majority of his signings have produced the goods since making the move to Ibrox, but there is little doubting that the addition of Sadiq has proven to be an absolute disaster – Gerrard hasn’t got a lot wrong, but signing the 21-year-old certainly falls into that category.

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