Nigerian star reveals why he failed under Gerrard at Rangers
Naija Players Abroad By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 15/05/2019
Nigerian star Sadiq Umar reveals why he failed under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard at Rangers during his loan spell.The 22-year-old Kaduna-born joined the Gers on loan from Serie A Roma in the summer, but he failed to impress and his loan spell was cut short six months early.Umar now on loan at Perugia in Serie B explains why he featured in just four games as he hit out Liverpool legend after the striker speaking to the Sunday Post and made some serious allegations against the Scottish club. "Gerrard proved to be very different from what I believed he would be."At the beginning, I didn’t know anything about the Rangers move. The negotiations were all between Roma and my representatives."And when my agent told me about it, I expressed my doubts."I wasn’t sure it was the right thing to do. But he kept arguing it would be good for me and my career."Then it was Steven Gerrard himself who convinced me."He phoned me three or four times, complimenting me and saying he’d back me to be a success."It made me feel important and convinced me to agree to the loan switch."At that point, I knew the club the same way football fans all over the world know Rangers – for its history and the passion of its fans."But 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.