Gerrard still keen on signing Nigeria's Umar Sadiq

Gerrard still keen on signing Nigeria's Umar Sadiq

Gerrard still keen on signing Nigeria's Umar Sadiq

Sadiq had been awaiting work permit clearance before he was able to complete a switch that Steven Gerrard believes will add power to the Ibrox attack.

RANGERS are set to clinch a loan deal for Roma striker Umar Sadiq before their Europa League first qualifying round clash with FK Shkupi.

The Nigeria under-23 worldwide is set to arrive in Glasgow for a season-long loan, and could even feature in some capacity on Thursday evening, should the Gers complete the paperwork for the move by Wednesday.

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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.

The new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard earlier admitted that he wants to bring the Olympics Bronze medalist to the Ibrox Stadium. When he was at Liverpool, I grew up watching him.

"He told me about the team; even though I already knew about Rangers and that they are the most successful team in the world".

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But with midfield signings being made at Angers across this summer, Coulibaly was going to find first team chances hard to come by, but at Rangers the Mali International will likely be heralded as one to watch throughout the campaign.

"I am very happy to be here", he told Rangers TV.

Capped nine times by Mali, Coulibaly will be part of a cast of players expected to star in Gerrard's first top-flight football managerial test.

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"I spoke to him when I was in Mali and he asked me if I wanted to join his team, and I said yes, although I was anxious it wasn't actually Gerrard [on the phone]!"

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