Have Rangers missed a trick as Hearts land 14-goal Uche Ikpeazu?

Rangers manager Graeme Murty looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Uche Ikpeazu will move to Scottish Premiership Hearts after a fine spell at League Two Cambridge United but where were Rangers?

Uche Ikpeazu of Cambridge United in action during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Cambridge,...

Hearts winger David Amoo believes his former Cambridge United teammate Uche Ikpeazu will be a big hit at Tynecastle.

The 23-year-old striker will sign a two-year deal with the Edinburgh club when his contract at League Two Cambridge comes to an end this summer, and Amoo has warned Hearts’ Scottish Premiership rivals that they are in for a challenge keeping Ikpeazu off the score sheet.

“There isn’t really anyone like him in Scottish football,” former Liverpool youngster Amoo told the Daily Record of Ikpeazu, the 6ft 4ins striker who netted 14 goals for Cambridge this season.

Uche Ikpeazu of Cambridge United takes on Pontus Jansson of Leeds United during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium on...

“He’s different from anyone I played against there. His strength and power sets him apart. He’s a handful, he scores a lot of goals and gets into good positions.”

All this begs the question why Rangers did not make a move for Ikpeazu, who has the potential to be a brilliant signing for absolutely nothing.

A new centre-forward might be required at Ibrox after all, with Alfredo Morelos hardly hiding his desire to move to the Premier League in the near future and Jason Cummings, who has scored just once in ten Scottish Premiership games, only on loan from Nottingham Forest with a £1 million purchase clause looking a little steep.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers reacts after Craig Gordon of Celtic saves his header during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in...

Ikpeazu, however, could have offered a physical presence that Rangers could benefit from in attack. The prospect of Daniel Candeias providing pinpoint crosses or Josh Windass feeding off his hold-up play would have offered a different dimension to Rangers’ attack.

In truth, however, we will only really know for certain whether Rangers have made a mistake this time next year.

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