Shaun Derry raves about Uche Ikpeazu amid Celtic and Rangers links

Shaun Derry, manager of Notts County looks on during the Pre Season Friendly match between Notts County and CA Osasuna at Meadow Lane on August 1, 2014 in Nottingham, England.

Rangers are reportedly keen to lure Uche Ikpeazu to Ibrox - but Celtic are also keen.

Shaun Derry, manager of Notts County looks on during the Pre Season Friendly match between Notts County and CA Osasuna at Meadow Lane on August 1, 2014 in Nottingham, England.

Former Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu is worth a gamble amid links to Celtic and Rangers.

Ikpeazu, 24, starred for Cambridge last season with 14 goals in all competitions, and his exploits for the League Two side resulted in a summer move to Hearts.

The former Watford talent has really caught the eye in Scotland, showing off his huge frame and incredible power, earning praise from many as the ideal target man given that he also has a turn of pace.

His goal return hasn't been incredible so far, bagging six goals in 21 outings, but he has done enough to seemingly earn major interest from Scotland's most famous clubs.

 

The Scottish Sun reported earlier this month that both Celtic and Rangers are interested in signign Ikpeazu, with the massive striker allegedly valued at around £1million.

Ikpeazu still isn't really a household name, and his former Cambridge boss Derry has given an insight into just what Celtic or Rangers could be landing come the summer transfer window.

Derry feels that Ikpeazu is nowhere near his peak yet at 24, and feels he's definitely worth a gamble as a plan B from the bench, even for clubs with lofty ambitions like Celtic and Rangers.

Derry added that he thinks Ikpeazu compares himself to Didier Drogba, and feels that any defence that gives him space will be destroyed by Ikpeazu, giving him a glowing recommendation amid those Old Firm links.

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts applauds fans as he is substituted during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10,...

“He’s only 24, and you’ve not seen anywhere near what his peak will be,” said Derry. “If big Uch ever becomes available I’d always look at him, even as a plan B for someone like Celtic or Rangers. You would take the gamble. I believe in him because I know what he’s like. The good thing is his self- confidence is brilliant.”

“I used to say that if Ikpeazu plays against any type of opposition and they give him space in front of them, he’ll destroy them. We played Leeds in the FA Cup third round and lost 2-1. They had Pontus Jansson at the back and I’ve never seen anyone hurt that defence like Uch did that night.

“It’s not just what he delivers on the pitch, it’s his enthusiasm for the game and his enthusiasm in life. He’s one of those guys you just want to be around. He rubs off on other people. I remember he came into the office one day and said he’d been thinking about his game. He said, ‘I’m the nearest person to Drogba’. I burst out laughing. I went, ‘Uch get your bag and leave my office now!’. We had a bit of a laugh. But that’s him. You have to embrace people like that. He’s a character,” he added.

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts  runs with the ball under pressure from William Lyle and Stephen Wilson of Auchinleck Talbot during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and...

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