STEVEN GERRARD has been branded ”disrespectful’ by former Rangers striker Umar Sadiq, who claims the membership nonetheless owe him a month’s wages.
The Nigerian spent an ill-fated six months at Ibrox earlier within the season in a mortgage spell from Roma, making simply 4 first-team appearances with out scoring a aim.
A product of Italian lower-league soccer, Sadiq joined in July and admits to having doubts about working beneath Liverpool legend Gerrard from the beginning.
“Gerrard proved to be very completely different from what I believed he can be,” Sadiq instructed the Sunday Submit.
“Initially, I didn’t know something concerning the Rangers transfer. The negotiations have been all between Roma and my representatives.
“And when my agent instructed me about it, I expressed my doubts. I wasn’t positive it was the appropriate factor to do. However he stored arguing it might be good for me and my profession. Then it was Steven Gerrard himself who satisfied me.
“He phoned me three or 4 occasions, complimenting me and saying he’d again me to be successful. It made me really feel necessary and satisfied me to conform to the mortgage swap.”
Lack of religion
Gerrard enlisted an array of recruits forward of his first season managing a senior aspect, Sadiq arriving as one in all 15 summer season signings.
Nevertheless it was the switch of Kyle Lafferty only a month after his transfer that upset the 22-year-old.
“However after I arrived, I didn’t even have any time to cool down earlier than they introduced in one other striker, Kyle Lafferty,” he added.
“That was when the issues began, and my state of affairs quickly degenerated into an actual nightmare.”
Only one Scottish Premiership look was afforded to the striker earlier than Gerrard deemed him surplus to necessities, Sadiq claiming to have been extricated from the first-team squad.
“Unexpectedly, I used to be instructed that I couldn’t use the first-team dressing-room any extra,” he stated.
“As an alternative I needed to go change with the youngsters.
“Then, after just a few days, I used to be additionally forbidden to park my automotive contained in the coaching centre.
“I felt humiliated and stored asking what was making the change of angle. However I by no means obtained any solutions.
“Gerrard wouldn’t give any rationalization about it, neither to me nor my representatives.”
Amazingly, the loanee alleges that Rangers did not pay him his wages for December, the month they cancelled his contract from Roma.
“As soon as I put a ‘like’ on Instagram to a submit from a fan – and I used to be fined £20,000, which was absurd,” added the Nigerian youth worldwide.
“And Rangers didn’t even pay me up all the things I used to be due. They nonetheless have to offer me my wage for December.”
Now on mortgage at Serie B group Perguia, Sadiq additionally struggled in stints at Bologna and Torino however considers his spell beneath Gerrard in Glasgow a bitter expertise.
“In my view, they behaved in a disrespectful strategy to me, each as a participant and as an individual,” admitted the striker.
“When it ended, Steven Gerrard didn’t even have the braveness to speak to me and inform me what was taking place face-to-face.
“That was a shock to me. I didn’t anticipate such behaviour.”