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AFCON fans lambast Rangers flop before unorthodox star has last laugh

When Rangers fans hear about the career trajectory of Nigeria striker Umar Sadiq they generally can’t quite believe it.

The unorthodox and gangly striker was a Steven Gerrard loan signing in 2018 but by the end of the year the deal was cut short and there was plenty of bad blood between the two.

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Remembered most by Rangers fans for that infamous flop as he rounded Joe Lewis in the semi-final of the then Betfred Cup, Sadiq’s Ibrox story is generally one of ridicule.

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But since then Umar Sadiq – originally signed on loan from AS Roma – has turned his career around and was included in the Nigeria squad alongside Joe Aribo in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria fans lambast Rangers flop Umar Sadiq

Now of La Liga Segunda side Almeria, Sadiq’s freescoring route to Spain through Serbia and Partizan Belgrade has seen him linked with the likes of Bayern Munich in recent times.

But similarly to Rangers fans, the Nigeria support have been frustrated with a player who looks disinterested and at times awfully incapable.

Taking to Twitter as the striker started the Super Eagles’ final group stage match against Guinea-Bissau, Umar Sadiq didn’t best impress the fervent Nigeria following:

https://twitter.com/Nigerianscamsss/status/1483882662276304902

Social media is awash with comments like this from Nigeria fans but – just as he often has with Rangers supporters – Umar Sadiq had the last laugh.

Scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 victory which maintains Nigeria’s perfect start, the Almeria forward got on the end of a sweet Kelechi Iheanacho assist to score his first senior goal for the nation.

We suspect this won’t be the last we hear of the now 24-year-old as his ill-fated stint at Rangers continues to perplex and contradict this eccentric forward’s career.

Speaking of Nigeria, here’s why Rangers star Joe Aribo didn’t make the first-team cut as the nation made it three from three in the AFCON group stages.

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