Sadiq Umar hints that he may leave Glasgow Rangers in January of he does not get more playing time

NIGERIAN striker Sadiq Umar has hinted that he may leave Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers in the January transfer window if head coach Steven Gerrard does not play him more often.


Popularly known as Jololo, Umar, 21, joined Rangers on loan from Italian side Roma earlier this month but has only been used sparingly. Despite Gerrard being a big fan of the lanky striker, he prefers to use Alfredo Morellos as his targetman, thus limiting Umar to cameo and late substitute appearances.


While admitting that he is adapting to the demands of playing in Scotland, Umar has refused to rule out a move in January even though he enjoys his near perfect working relationship with Gerrard‎. Umar had been hoping to become a regular at Ibrox in the hope that it would propel his international career too.


Umar said: "I understand it will take a while for me to get use to the system of play in Scotland but in the coming days I should be fit to press for a starting spot in the team. The coach has been very helpful to me and working with Gerrard has improved me a lot.


"My situation is understandable to me but Roma want me to play, so if they want me to go to where I will get more playing time in January, it’s something that I will have to obey."


Last season Umar had two different loan spells, firstly at Torino before heading to Dutch side NAC Breda in January, where he scored six goals in 10 games at the club. A key member of Nigeria's 2016 Olympic side in Rio, Umar scored the team's first goal in the tournament and also won a penalty for the team's fourth goal.


He also scored the first and only goal of the next match against Sweden. Umar then scored the first and third goals in the bronze medal match against Honduras, allowing Nigeria to go home with some silverware.