Celtic and Rangers are both reportedly interested in signing Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu this summer after an impressive first season north of the border – but is he really good enough?
The Sun claim the 24-year-old is interesting both Old Firm sides. It is believed Ikpeazu is said to be rated at £1million by Hearts, with three years still remaining on his contract at Tyneside.
Ikpeazu has played 19 times for Hearts since joining the club last summer. He has scored five goals and created four more – a pretty poor record for a striker, especially one that is being linked to either Celtic or Rangers.
But it his presence up front that is his biggest asset, more so than goalscoring. Indeed, Ikpeazu’s strength and hold-up play is second to none and that gives Hearts an outball.
He still boasts plenty of pace despite his frame and is more than able to find the back of the net when given the chance. That is why Celtic and Rangers are interested in the former Watford man.
Celtic and Rangers need a striker. The Hoops need back-up to Odsonne Edouard with Leigh Griffiths taking time out of football while Vakoun Issouf Bayo is yet to make his first Celtic start.
Rangers, meanwhile, could lose Alfredo Morelos in the summer with his 29-goal tally interesting clubs around Europe. But is Ikpeazu the one to sign?
Yes, he is a handful. But he has only played 19 times at this level, and prior to the move he was playing for Cambridge United in the fourth tier of English football – a level quite some way below the standard of the Scottish Premiership.
Ikpeazu is a decent player at Scottish Premiership level but both Rangers and Celtic can do much better than a player that only managed a 1-in-4 ratio for Cambridge.