Umar Sadiq endured a woeful stint at Rangers last season.

The Nigerian striker joined from Roma on a season-long loan in July 2018.

However, he would go on to make just four appearances for the club. Only one of those came from the start – the League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen – and he did little to suggest he had the required quality on that big occasion.

The loanee cuts a disconsolate figure after the 1-0 defeat to the Dons (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

By December he’d opted to end his loan early and head back to Italy [Scottish Sun].

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this season, rather than leading the line for the Yellow and Reds, he’s back out on loan, this time in Serbia with Partizan Belgrade.

In fairness, though, he’s faring much better.

Sadiq in action for Partizan during Europa League qualifying. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Rangers flop Sadiq hits Europa League brace

On Thursday night, the 22-year-old forward was the hero for his adopted side in an impressive 2-1 win away at Astana, the 2018 Kazakhstan Premier League champions.

He opened the scoring after 28 minutes, finishing well from around the penalty spot after pouncing on a loose ball. He then added another in the 73rd minute, cutting inside onto his right foot and slamming a powerful shot from the edge of the area into the top left corner.

Despite a late rally from the hosts, the brace was enough to seal three big points in Group L.

The strikes mean he now has a strong eight goals and three assists in 16 appearances in all competitions this season [Transfermarkt].

Few Bears saw this one coming after his shocker of a stint in Scottish football.

Finally, though, Sadiq is showing some prowess in front of goal and next up for Partizan and the former Ger is a doubleheader against an ailing Manchester United…

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