RANGERS are delighted to announce the signing of Umar Sadiq on a season long loan from Roma, subject to international clearance.

The powerful striker, who stands at six foot three, joins the club for the 2018/19 campaign with a huge pedigree from his young career. He will be Steven Gerrard’s ninth signing of the summer.

At 21-years-old Umar has already impressed with Roma and on loan, most notably during a spell at NAC Breda last season. He scored five in 12 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie. To date he has netted twice in six senior appearances for his parent club Roma, after breaking into the first team aged just 18.

The Nigerian, who was born in Kaduna in 1997, started his career in his home country before moving to Serie B side Spezia. It was from Spezia that Roma spotted the talent and a season long loan to the Serie A side in 2015 lead to a permanent deal.

In his first four youth games with Roma Umar netted eight goals and bagged three assists. He made his senior debut in November 2015 before scoring his first senior goal in January 2016. He has since spent loan spells with Bologna and Torino before his move to Holland.

Umar is also an Olympic medal winner after he helped Nigeria secure a bronze at Rio 2016. The forward scored four at the tournament in Brazil, including crucially, two strikes in the bronze medal winning game as his country defeated Honduras 3-2.

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