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Rangers announce ninth summer signing

By July 10, 2018No Comments

Rangers made it nine signings with the addition of Umar Sadiq on a season-long loan from Roma with manager Steven Gerrard once again revealed as the main Ibrox attraction.

The 21-year-old Nigernian striker, who scored five times in 12 appearances during a loan spell at NAC Breda in the Eredivisie last season,  planned to stay at his parent club before the lure of the former Liverpool and England captain enticed him to Glasgow.

He told Rangers TV: “To be honest the plan was to stay at Roma this season but when Steven Gerrard calls you can’t say no.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Lassana Coulibaly expressed his excitement at teaming up with Gerrard after completing his season-long loan deal from Angers.

The 22-year-old midfielder said: “When my agent told me Steven Gerrard was the manager, I said ‘no problem’ and I am happy to come and join this team.”

Sadiq,  whose deal is subject to international clearance  and who claimed that, “in Nigeria I am compared to the legend Kanu and Emmanuel Adebayor,” said: “It is very good to be here, it has been good so far and I can’t wait to start.

“I truly am excited to be joining Rangers, it is a historical club and I can’t wait to play here.

“I found out Rangers were interested in me about a month ago when I was on holiday in Nigeria. I got a phone call from my agent and he told me about Rangers and I said let’s see what happens.

“To be honest the plan was to stay at Roma this season but when Steven Gerrard calls you can’t say no.

“He called me about two weeks ago and from there I started changing my mind. Even if the plan was to stay at Roma I couldn’t turn him down.

“He told me about the team; even though I already knew about Rangers and that they are the most successful team in the world.

“He told me about the players and said everybody would be at my side if I came here to help me and he would also help me to go forward in my career.

“We didn’t talk that much about how the team or I would play it was all just Rangers, Rangers, and Rangers.

“In Nigeria we do follow the English Premier League but also the Scottish Premiership. I knew about Rangers because everybody knows about them.”

Both players could make their debut in Thursday’s Europa League opener against Macedonian outfit Shkupi – midnight on Wednesday is the deadline.

Mali international Coulibaly, who has been capped 10 times, admits the lure of playing for Gerrard was too good to turn down.

“I am very happy to be here,” he told Rangers TV.

“The manager can help me to develop my football and he is someone who I
watched when he was at Liverpool.

“I spoke to him when I was in Mali and he asked me if I wanted to join his
team, and I said yes, although I was worried it wasn’t actually Gerrard (on the
phone)!”

Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Scott Arfield, Jamie Murphy, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Ovie Ejaria all joined earlier in the window.