Celtic are reportedly one of the teams interested in signing powerful centre-forward Uche Ikpeazu in January.
According to West London Sport, Celtic will compete with English clubs for Hearts striker Ikpeazu. And they have a great chance to scout him in action this weekend. Hearts take on Rangers and he can endear himself to Celtic fans ahead of a potential January switch.
Ikpeazu back fit
Ikpeazu missed the last game before the international break. But Hearts boss Craig Levein has confirmed he is fit and available for this weekend’s clash with Rangers (via The Edinburgh News).
The 24-year-old changes the way Hearts play and he will be a real handful for the Rangers defence. If he is at full tilt, Celtic scouts will see a real testing battle with the Rangers defenders.
Can he become instant Celtic favourite?
Celtic currently trail Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title race. This is an unfamiliar position for the Bhoys and they will be looking to leapfrog Rangers into the top spot as soon as possible.
Ikpeazu could be the man to dent Rangers’ title ambitions. If he can get Rangers to drop points, he will be instantly idolised by the Celtic fanbase. This could be handy come January – if these rumours are accurate.
Celtic audition for Ikpeazu
This could effectively be an audition for Ikpeazu. If the former Watford and Cambridge striker wants to move to Parkhead in January, he will be eager to impress against Rangers.
Celtic need to judge whether Ikpeazu can perform against some of the best defenders in Scotland. Table-topping Rangers provides the 6ft 3in powerhouse with a challenge – but will he be up to the task?