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Rangers: Ibrox side should rue not signing Umar Sadiq permanently

Rangers had recruited well enough over the last few years to bring a decade of hurt to a climax at Ibrox with the Glaswegian giants finally ending their trophy drought last term.

The good times were brought back and the challenge now is for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to replicate that with his current Gers side.

In Aaron Ramsey, they have a simply world-class player and who once fit, could ultimately prove to be the difference between winning the Premiership title or not.

Truth be told, Rangers have plenty of difference makers in their squad, namely the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent, but did they lose an influential name far too early? Quite possibly.

Hindsight, of course, is a wonderful thing but if Steven Gerrard did get anything wrong in Scotland, it was arguably his handling of a certain Umar Sadiq.

Simply hearing the Nigerian’s name will do enough to send shivers through even the most staunch of Rangers fans, but after leaving the club for absolutely nothing at the conclusion of his loan spell, they will surely regret not trying to do more to bring him back to Ibrox.

Would Sadiq get in the current Rangers XI?

Of course!

Of course!

No chance!

No chance!

After all, this is a player now linked with Europe’s elite after shining like a diamond in Spain.

The Nigerian has gone from a player who Gerrard had a significant falling out with, to a centre-forward who is proving everybody in Scottish football wrong.

His stint with the Gers was far from profitable, failing to find the net during any of his four appearances.

Sadiq’s mentality was questioned and quite rightly so. He was once fined £20k for liking an Instagram post, was not allowed to use the first-team dressing room, and was even banned from even parking his car inside the training ground.

For all parties, a parting of ways seemed mutually beneficial but had they taken a risk and kept him around, he may now be lighting up the Premiership.

Described as “electric” by FOX reporter James Dodd, the Nigeria international has set LaLiga 2 alight with Almeria, scoring 36 goals and registering 16 assists in just 70 games after joining them from Partizan Belgrade.

What has followed is much acclaim. The 25-year-old received a call-up to Nigeria’s AFCON squad and he has now been linked with moves to the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Barcelona and the mega-rich Newcastle United.

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However, if he does move, his release clause of a mighty €60m (£50m) may have to be paid. That’s a far cry from the mere £1.6m he was rated at back in 2018 with Rangers.

His spell under Gerrard was a torturous one but he has come out of the side looking like a “top player” in the words of Andy Halliday. If only Rangers could have nurtured his impressive eye for goal.

AND in other news, GVB must axe “permanently benched” Rangers dud with swoop for “unbelievable” 24y/o gem…

Article title: Rangers: Ibrox side should rue not signing Umar Sadiq permanently

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