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Shaun Derry understands why Celtic and Rangers want to land Uche Ikpeazu

Lee Clarke

Uche Ikpeazu’s former boss at Cambridge United, Shaun Derry, can see why Celtic and Rangers would want to sign the striker.

Derry put his faith in the powerful striker after his release from Watford and he’s told The Scottish Sun all about his former player.

Ikpeazu scored 22 goals in 80 appearances for the U’s, switching to Hearts last summer.

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Derry is now on the coaching staff at Oxford United and he believes that his former talisman will only get better.

He told The Scottish Sun: “He’s only 24 and you’ve not seen anywhere near what his peak will be.

“If big Uch becomes available I’d always look at him, even as a plan B for someone like Celtic or Rangers.”

Injuries have hampered the striker’s progress this season, but Derry believes he has lots of qualities.

He continued: “He’s one of a kind as a person and as a player. He’s not your stereotypical centre-forward. The good thing is his self-confidence is brilliant.

“If you looked at him and guessed his attributes you wouldn’t say he was skilful. But it’s his skill and his ability with the ball that makes him the player he is.”

TBR Verdict

Ikpeazu looks like an interesting target for Celtic and Rangers.

Judging by Derry’s comments, however, it is easy to see why they perhaps want to sign him.

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Both teams could do with some firepower in the summer and his strength in holding the ball up would suit both Old Firm clubs.

Ikpeazu is set to available for around £1 million (The Scottish Sun) and that makes him a low-risk signing.

Of course, the SPL isn’t League Two but Derry clearly fancies the player to do a job.

The race for his signature looks set to be an interesting one and it remains to be seen where Ikpeazu will finish up come August.

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