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Uche Ikpeazu won't help Celtic pip Rangers to title

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts looks on prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic have been linked with the big bruiser once again this week, but Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers won't worry.

Uche Ikpeazu of Heart of Midlothian celebrates at the final whistle as hearts beat Inverness 3-0 during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian...

In the absence of club football, the rumour mill has once again gone a bit mad after linking Celtic to a - let's face it - relatively average striker, one that won't prompt Rangers boss Steven Gerrard hit the panic button.

With international football taking centre stage, there is a story emerging about the Hoops and their reported pursuit of a certain Uche Ikpeazu.

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According to West London Sport, Celtic and QPR are interested in signing the big bruiser of a Hearts attacker, who has netted five Premiership goals since August of 2018.

It's a solid return, but only if you're a centre-back. If you're a striker, which Ikpeazu is, then it's quite poor and it remains to be seen why the Bhoys are interested and Rangers, their title rivals, shouldn't worry just yet.

 

Neil Lennon's side could do with another source of goals after Rangers leapfrogged them at the summit in the last gameweek of Premiership football, but is Ikpeazu the answer? Probably not.

Gerrard's side have scored four more goals than Celtic in the league this season, underlining their need for another top striker to compete with Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

Problem is, Ikpeazu's stats, as mentioned, don't hold up well compared to a striker like Griffiths, who scored 40 times on his own during the 2015-16 campaign.

Not only does he find it hard to score goals in Scotland's top flight, but he isn't exactly Mr Mobility either, with even Hearts supporters struggling to take to him.

He isn't the typical Lennon signing and may struggle to adapt to Celtic's style.

That being said, he is a beast of a player and one that stands at 6'3 in height. As far as power goes, few can match Ikpeazu and he could be an absolutely nightmare for opposition defences if his game was more rounded. But until then, Lennon should look further afield.

4th May 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Kilmarnock; Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts

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