Umar Sadiq has slammed Steven Gerrard for convincing him to join Rangers only to freeze him out and order him to train with the youth team.
Sadiq joined Rangers on a season-long loan from Roma in July 2018, but his time at Ibrox was cut short in December and he was subsequently farmed out to Perugia.
The 22-year-old striker, who made just four first-team appearance for Rangers, told The Sunday Post that he had been unsure about moving to Glasgow but Gerrard persuaded him to sign on for the season.
He explained: “When I arrived, I didn’t even have any time to settle down before they brought in another striker, Kyle Lafferty. That was when the problems started, and my situation soon degenerated into a real nightmare.
“All of a sudden, I was told that I could not use the first-team dressing room any more. Instead I had to go change with the kids. Then, after a few days, I was also forbidden to park my car inside the training centre.
“I felt humiliated and kept asking what was the reason for the change of attitude. But I never received any answers. Gerrard wouldn’t give any explanation about it, neither to me nor my representatives.
“I believe absolutely that I was not given a fair chance to show what I can do. They made me feel like a stranger.”
Sadiq also told The Sunday Post that he was fined £20,000 for liking an Instagram post — a punishment he describes as ‘absurd’. And that is not his only financial quibble with the club he claims ‘still have to give me my salary for December.’
Football Insider verdict:
Anyone who saw Sadiq play for Rangers will wonder, (a) why on earth Gerrard went to any effort at all to sign the player, and, (b) why he has the gall to complain about his treatment and demotion to the reserves? The truth of the matter is the 22-year-old never showed any indication that he was good enough to wear the Light Blue shirt. Sure, he did not get much in the way of opportunity, but that’s because Gerrard and his staff were massively unimpressed by what they saw on the training ground. If Sadiq had been looking the real deal, he would not have been frozen out and then bombed out of the club before his loan had reached the halfway point. Every player has his story, and it is strange that Rangers have not paid up the entirety of the player’s wages. That is a discomforting allegation, and not one that sheds the club in a good light. But, when it comes to footballing decision-making, the one to get rid of Sadiq at the first possible opportunity made total sense.
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