Umar Sadiq’s performances at Rangers this season can’t hardly be analysed, as he’s only made one. Therefore, is Steven Gerrard set to effectively end his Gers career this afternoon?
The Rangers manager has hardly had a good word to say about the Nigerian since he signed up from Roma on loan. His impact has been so minimal, and perhaps even detrimental, that Gerrard doesn’t even label him as a recognised striker.
Alfredo Morelos is suspended for this afternoon’s trip to Dens Park to face Dundee. That means only Kyle Lafferty is available for selection out of Rangers’ forward-line. Only that’s not 100% true, with Sadiq still available as far as anyone is aware.
Therefore, if Gerrard fields Lafferty without a striker on the bench, Sadiq can count his Rangers career as over.
With six months left on his loan deal, the big question is why would that make his Ibrox career finished?
A new forward destined to come in during January
Unfortunately for the on-loan Roma man, Rangers are in the hunt for a new striker in January. The Dominic Solanke rumours just won’t go away, and the club will have other targets in mind too.
With just one striker available so close to the January window, this would be Sadiq’s last chance. If he can’t find himself in a match-day squad in this situation, it could pretty much be confirmed that his time in Scotland is over.
So far, his only appearance came in the Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen. He didn’t disgrace himself over the course of 90 minutes, but many have struggled to forgive him for a late dive when through on goal.
From there on, it’s looked bleak, and Gerrard seems to be trying hard not to use him in his squads either. He’s yet to score a goal for Rangers, and will soon become fourth-choice striker in a system that only fields one.
Failure to make the squad this afternoon against Dundee will tell us a lot about where he is in the squad. If he doesn’t make it? It’s time to just send him back to Italy.