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Sadiq Umar on joining Rangers: “I couldn’t say no to Gerrard’s offer”

Nigerian forward Sadiq Umar has expressed his excitement following his loan move to Scottish club Rangers.

Umar joined the Gers on a season-long loan deal to become their ninth new arrival at the Ibrox Stadium this summer.

While speaking to Rangers TV after his signing, the 21-year-old striker said he had initially planned to stay at his parent club AS Roma for the 2018/19 season but hearing a request from Coach Steven Gerrard he could not turn the Liverpool Legend’s offer down.

“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.”

He spent the second half of 2017/18 season with Dutch club NAC Breda where he struck five goals in 12 games.

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