Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq has completed one season loan to Scottish Premiership side Rangers from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.
The 21-year-old flew into Scotland to complete the transfer on Monday, July 9 before the move was announced by the club on Tuesday, July 10.
“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, Umar told club website.
“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.”
Umar also discussed what the move meant for the progression of his career especially after an impressive loan spell at Eredivisie side NAC Breda last season.
“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.”
Umar is Gerrard’s ninth signing.