Former Nigeria U23 top goal scorer Sadiq Umar has lashed out at coach of Rangers Steven Gerrard over the shoddy manner which the coach treated him during his loan spell at the club in the first half of the season.
Sadiq terminated his loan with Rangers six months before it was supposed to expire after failing to nail a spot in the team following his loan move from Italian Serie A side Roma in the summer.
Expected to carry on with his form at Dutch side NAC Breda where he scored six goals in 11 games, the lanky forward failed to get on the score sheet for Rangers as he was reduced to the role of a late minute substitute by Gerrard.
He revealed the coach woo him to join Rangers only for him to treat him differently following his move including stopping him from parking his car at the first team garage and also using the changing room for the first team.
“In the beginning I knew nothing about the transfer to Rangers. Negotiations between Roma and my management were going on. When my agent informed me, I expressed my doubts. I wasn’t sure if it was right to but he assured me it was good for me and my career. Then Gerrard called me three or four times, gave me compliments and said he was behind me. That convinced me”, Sadiq revealed.
“Then the real problems started. My situation quickly changed into a real nightmare. Suddenly I was told that I was no longer allowed to use the dressing room of the first team. I had to change clothes with that of the youth team. After a few days I was even banned to park my car in the parking lot. I felt offended and wanted an explanation, but I didn’t get it. ”
Now at Perugia where he has two goals in his last three games, Jololo as the striker is fondly called also said he was fined €25,000 for liking an insultive criticism aimed at him by a fan on Instagram.
According to Sadiq he doesn’t even watch games of the club because he feels no connection with them, no thanks to the discriminatory treatment he suffered in the hands of the coach.
“I don’t care how they do it. When I was a Rangers player, I acted like a professional and I gave everything I had. Now I don’t want to hear anything about them anymore. Gerrard had not even the balls to tell me one-on-one what was going on. I didn’t expect that behavior. ”