Umar Sadiq is heading back to Roma halfway through his loan spell with Rangers after failing to impress manager Steven Gerrard, reports The Scottish Sun.

The 21-year-old centre-forward arrived in July as one of a number of players the former Liverpool captain brought in after taking over the Light Blues.

However, Sadiq has made just five appearances this season, playing just once for Rangers in the Premiership.

He has failed to score for the Light Blues and only made one start – in the Scottish League Cup against Aberdeen.

Sadiq has not threatened to break into the first-team with Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty ahead of him and Gerrard has decided Rangers can do without him.

And the report adds the Nigerian will be allowed to leave Ibrox and head back to Italy to rejoin his Roma team-mates even before the start of the January transfer window.

Ahead of the Light Blues’ Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen Gerrard claimed he had not had a recognised striker available for previous matches when Morelos and Lafferty were out of action.

That spoke volumes about Sadiq’s position at the club, as did Gerrard openly talking about bringing in another forward during the January transfer window.

Rangers will manage with Morelos and Lafferty now available while Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke is tipped to join the club on loan early next year.

Gers fans will likely not be disappointed to see Sadiq leave as he made little impression during his time with the club.

Despite his own ambitions to impress Gerrard and fight his way back into the Rangers team, he was fighting a losing battle and a return to Roma benefits all parties.

The Light Blues no longer have a player in their squad who was never going to play, the manager can focus on bringing in a replacement and Sadiq can put this spell behind him and move on with his career.


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