Steven Gerrard has described Celtic target Uche Ikpeazu as ‘unplayable’, The Scottish Sun reports.
Hearts held Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle yesterday to keep Celtic at the top of the league. Ikpeazu, who has been linked with Celtic recently, was a real handful all game.
The 6ft 3in striker’s power and direct approach caused problems for the Rangers defence. Gers boss Gerrard was impressed with Ikpeazu and acknowledged how he gave the defenders a torrid afternoon in Edinburgh.
After the game, Gerrard said (via The Scottish Sun): “We knew it was going to be played direct into Uche Ikpeazu up front and we knew he was going to try to have a wrestle and a war.
“I think we stood up a lot of it but sometimes the big guy is unplayable. He’s a right handful. But I don’t think that’s the reason why we dropped two points today.”
Ikpeazu could be moving away from Hearts in January. According to West London Sport, Celtic and a host of English clubs want the 24-year-old. After Gerrard’s glowing references, should Celtic be making a move?
Ikpeazu’s game plan is no secret. He likes to use his physicality to bully defenders. As Gerrard said, he can be unplayable if he is fully fit and firing.
However, the concern for Celtic would be his lack of goals. Ikpeazu can score but he is not prolific enough to oust Odsonne Edouard from the Celtic line-up. He would probably be an impact sub if he moved to Parkhead in the winter.