Ex-Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday says he “cannae believe” that former teammate Umar Sadiq is being linked with Manchester United.
Sadiq, 23, has resurrected his career at Partizan Belgrade after a horror spell at Ibrox with reports suggesting they value the striker at €15m amid reports Manchester United are watching him.
Speaking on Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground show, Halliday gave a few insights into the Nigerian striker’s troubled time at the club.
“I cannae believe it [the Man U links] I’ve got to say,” said Halliday.
“To be fair, I’ve played with players who don’t train well but play well in games, but if you’re the manager and somebody trains the way he trains you’re never going to play him.
“He just wanted an hour every time he got the ball. See if you were doing a finishing drill he’d take a touch and then another touch and then a fake shot.
“Everything was just so unrealistic.
“He’s got raw talents where he is quick and he’s got that range of stride, but if you’re playing for Rangers against a deep block with no space in behind you’re not going to get the best out of him.
“He’s done well since he left but he didn’t do enough at Rangers to warrant a game, that’s for sure.”
Sadiq originally joined Partizan Belgrade on loan from AS Roma and following a stunning season in black and white the Serbian side exercised their option-to-buy to sign him full-time.
The striker has hit an incredible 34 goals in 39 games in the Serbian capital and impressed Manchester United so much in the Europa League they reportedly sent scouts to watch him.
Back home, Rangers are still struggling to fill that third striker void.
But Andy Halliday believes there’s already someone at the club – with a training style exactly opposite that of the big Nigerian – who can fill it.
“Greg Stewart is one of the best trainers every day,” said Halliday.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him. In terms of a finisher, he’s probably second to JD as the best finisher at the football club.
“There are days where he’s just technically very good in training. He’s a player you can appreciate.
“Everybody’s talking about Lyndon Dykes for the third-choice striker, Greg can play there and to be honest he’s somebody that probably deserved more of a chance than he got last year.”