Gerrard: Sadiq Will Be Ready To Make Rangers Debut In Pre-Season Friendly Vs Wigan
Umar Sadiq will make his debut for Glasgow giants, Rangers in Sunday’s pre-season friendly clash against English Championship side Wigan Athletic.
Sadiq joined Scottish giants, Rangers on a one year loan deal from Italian side, AS Roma.
The 21 year old Sadiq who will play no part in Rangers’ Thursday’s Europa League, Second Round, first leg encounter against Croatian club, NK Osijek, after he was left out of the match day squad is short of fitness according to his coach Steven Gerard.
Other players who were left out of the squad include Scott Arfield, Declan John, Lee Wallace, Jordan Rossiter and Graham Dorrans.
“He’s (Sadiq) is probably a couple of weeks away in terms of being ready for real game time,” Gerrard told a media conference ahead of his side’s game against NK Osijek.
“You may see him at the weekend for a certain part of the Wigan game, but we felt it was best for him to stay behind and be pushed by the physical trainers.”
“We have to make sure when the supporters see these players, they are ready to perform at a high level fitness-wise. It would be doing them a disservice if we put them in when they are not really ready.”