Rangers announce ninth summer signing

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic heads over the bar in the second half during the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi Final between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park

The powerful six foot three striker comes in for the full season of 2018/19 and he is Steven Gerrard's ninth capture of the summer so far.

"Rangers are delighted to announce the signing of Umar Sadiq on a season-long loan from Roma, subject to global clearance", read a statement on club website.

Sadiq joins Rangers after having spent last season on loan at Torino and Dutch side NAC Breda.

The young defender enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season with the Royals during the 2015/16 campaign, making 24 appearances, scoring twice and forming an effective centre-back partnership with club captain Paul McShane.

"To be honest the plan was to stay at Roma this season but when Steven Gerrard calls you can't say no".

Having showcased his talents in his home country and impressed then at Serie B side Spezia, that earned him his move to Roma and an initial loan spell saw them tie him down to permanent terms.

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Coulibaly is excited to play under Gerrard but admitted he was not sure if it was a joke or not. When he was at Liverpool, I grew up watching him.

He told me about the team, the players, that everyone will be at my side if I come here and he will help me to go forward in my career.

"He told me about the team, even though I know about Rangers - the most successful team in the world".

Sadiq will join the likes of Connor Goldson, Jamie Murphy, Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan and Scott Arfield as new signings at Ibrox, and will give Gerrard a new look team to take into his first managerial combat with.

Both players could make their debut in Thursday's Europa League opener against Macedonian outfit Shkupi - midnight on Wednesday is the deadline.

"He can help me to develop".

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