Despite the fact that snaps were taken of Umar Sadiq in training yesterday, nothing can be read into his appearance.
The big striker looked delighted as he trained alongside his fellow Rangers team-mates. The Hummel Training Centre certainly looked a happy place this week, with many stars looking happy and determined to make their mark.
Sadiq was one of those, and it could easily get some talking about if he does indeed have a future here. The big Nigerian has made only one start since joining on loan from Roma, and is scheduled to be here for the season.
In the right circumstances, there would be plenty of time for Sadiq to still make his mark. Therefore, it’s understandable as to why some could feel his training snaps show he still has a chance to make it.
The unfortunate thing for Sadiq, however, is that the evidence against him is just far too heavy at this stage. He may have been in training and enjoying the company of his team-mates, but surely his career at Ibrox is dead.
Firstly, Steven Gerrard is looking for yet another forward in January. That would push Sadiq to fourth choice in a system containing only one forward in the match-day team. That’s paints a terrible picture for a player leaving the club at the end of the season.
Criticism from the manager
There’s also the fact that Gerrard largely criticised him after his performance against Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden. Despite putting in a decent enough display, his dive towards the end was laughable. He could’ve easily slotted home an equaliser, but instead decided to throw himself to the deck.
His status in the eyes of supporters is now one of real anger. Fans will struggle to forgive him for his big disaster at Hampden, and quite rightly so.
Mark Allen is also looking to get some deadwood off the wage-bill in January. It’s highly unlikely that Rangers are paying none of Sadiq’s wages, and therefore he would be high on the Director of Football’s list of potential departures.
The striker did show a positive attitude early on this season. He told a Nigerian media outlet that he wanted to stay and fight for his Ibrox place. Unfortunately, however, he just isn’t good enough to make a mark.
A series of negative viewpoints from Gerrard towards Sadiq means the writing is on the wall. It’s great to see him enjoying himself at training and getting involved.
The truth is, however, that his time at Ibrox is surely up soon.