And the former Liverpool coach handed the youngster a chance to lead the Ibrox outfit attack following the absence of Kyle Lafferty and Alfredo Morelos.
The Roma loanee was in action for the entire duration of Sunday's game and had a golden chance to cancel out Lewis Ferguson's opener for Aberdeen in the second half.
After being played through on goal, Umar attempted to round goalkeeper Lewis but went to the ground and was booked for diving in the 83rd minute - a scenario that left fans to fault his abilities.
When questioned about the forward’s display, Gerrard said per Express: “To be fair to Umar, in the last two or three weeks he had shown signs of improvement. Whether it’s enough, we’ll have to judge that moving forward
“His performance up until the final bit of today was OK. We can’t point fingers and blame Umar.”
“What I would say to him is if you go around the keeper, stand up and put the ball in the net. Don’t dive or you are going to get a yellow card.”
Didn’t need to go down . Could tap it in— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) October 28, 2018
Why is he diving it’s a tap in. Incredible. Don’t think you will see Sadiq ever again in a Rangers shirt after today unless he bags a goal late.— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) October 28, 2018