By Johnny Edward:
Nigerian forward Umar Sadiq could make his official debut for Rangers in their second qualifying round second leg UEFA Europa League tie against Osijek of Croatia at the Ibrox Stadium on Thursday reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The 21 year old signed a season-long loan deal from Roma earlier this month and has been named in Rangers match day squad against Osijek.
Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard reckons Sadiq will be a real handful for defenders when he’s up to speed.
Sadiq needed just six minutes to open his account for Rangers in a 3-0 friendly win against Wigan bundling home a Glenn Middleton cross on Sunday.
“He is still finding his feet, he is still a bit rusty, but you saw glimpses of what he is about against Wigan,” Gerrard told Daily Record.
“I love it when he is aggressive and on the front foot, he puts pressure on people and he runs hard. You can see there’s potential in there to be a right handful and that’s what we want him to be.”
After Thursday’s clash against Osijek, Rangers will open the new Scottish Premiership season away at Aberdeen on Sunday, August 5. Rangers have failed to overcome Derek McInnes’ side in each of the last two seasons.