'Take him': Hearts fans react to claims Celtic want Uche Ikpeazu

Celtic manager Neil Lennon arrives prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup quarter final match between Celtic and Partick Thistle at Celtic Park on September 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly want to sign Uche Ikpeazu from league rivals Hearts of Midlothian.

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts reacts after a missed chance during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10, 2019 in...

It is fair to say Hearts fans aren’t buying claims that Celtic are interested in raiding Tynecastle for Uche Ikpeazu.

According to West London Sport, Ikpeazu is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between clubs from both north and south of the border ahead of the January transfer window with QPR, Derby County and Wigan Athletic all apparently sending scouts to Edinburgh.

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Celtic are interested in the giant centre-forward too, the report adds, though Ikpeazu’s less-than prolific goal-scoring record means links with the Scottish Premiership champions should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt.

At least, that is what a few baffled Hearts fans are thinking.

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,...

Ikpeazu netted just eight times during his debut season with the Jam Tarts and a tally of two in 11 games in 2019/20 doesn’t exactly set the world alight.

There’s more to the 24-year-old than goals of course, with Ikpeazu’s hold up play proving invaluable over the last 12 months or so, but surely Celtic should be aiming higher if they want to create a frontline capable of scoring for fun both at home and on the continent.

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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