Former striker claims Rangers still owe him money

Rangers flop Umar Sadiq claims he’s still owed a week’s wages as he criticised manager Steven Gerrard and the club for the way he was treated during his stay in Glasgow.

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Talking to the Sunday Post, Sadiq insists he was “humiliated” by being forbidden to train with the first team or even use the carpark at the club’s Hummel Training Centre.

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The 22-year-old had a season-long loan from Roma cut short in January after failing to force his way into Gerrard’s plans.

Former Rangers striker Umar Sadiq. Picture: Michael Gillen

He started just one match, a Betfred Cup semi-final where he imfamously blew a big chance in the 1-0 defeat by opting to dive as he tried to round Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Now on loan at Serie B side Perugia, Sadiq claims he’s still owed his final payment before he left Scotland.

He said: “Once I put a ‘like’ on Instagram to a post from a fan – and I was fined £20,000, which was absurd.

“And Rangers didn’t even pay me up everything I was due. They still have to give me my salary for December.”

Sadiq also wasn’t impressed with how Gerrard communicated with him during his Rangers stay.

He said: “Gerrard proved to be very different from what I believed he would be.

“He phoned me three or four times, complimenting me and saying he’d back me to be a success. It made me feel important and convinced me to agree to the loan switch.

“But when I arrived, I didn’t even have any time to settle down before they brought in another striker, Kyle Lafferty.

“That was when the problems started, and my situation soon degenerated into a real nightmare.”

He added: “All of a sudden, I was told that I could not use the first-team dressing-room any more. Instead I had to go change with the kids.

“Then, after a few days, I was also forbidden to park my car inside the training centre. I felt humiliated and kept asking what was the reason for the change of attitude. But I never received any answers.

“Gerrard wouldn’t give any explanation about it, neither to me nor my representatives.”