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Our view: Rangers should consider move for Uche Ikpeazu after Steven Gerrard's comments

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Ibrox manager was impressed by the player's performance against Rangers over the weekend.

Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard told reporters in the wake of Rangers' draw against Hearts that Uche Ikpeazu was 'unplayable', The Scottish Sun report.

The striker was one of the stand-out performers for the home team at Tynecastle, roughing up defenders Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic all afternoon.

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It was a direct and physical game, perfectly suited to a player with Ikpeazu's attributes. The Gers struggled to deal with him, giving Hearts a presence to build around in the opposition half.

The Liverpool legend had big praise for the player after the match, telling The Scottish Sun: "We’ve had some good training time and we told the players what to expect.

“We knew it was going to be played direct into Uche Ikpeazu up front and we knew he was going to try to have a wrestle and a war.

"I think we stood up a lot of it but sometimes the big guy is unplayable. He’s a right handful."

 

Should Rangers think about signing him?

Given the strength of Gerrard's comments, it does raise the question of whether Rangers should move for him in future transfer windows.

If he can perform like that for Hearts, it stands to reason he should be even better surrounded by more exceptional talents.

Obviously Rangers have Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe tearing things up right now. However, those players are both busy, pacy forwards who rely on movement and ability on the ball.

Ikpeazu is a different type of player altogether.

Scott Brown of Celtic reacts at full time towards Uche Ikpeazu of Hearts during the William Hill Scottish Cup final between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019...

Could provide different option

Perhaps having a striker who can offer a plan B and bring a more physical element to Rangers' play could benefit the team going forward. It would certainly give Gerrard more tactical options ahead of and during matches.

Still just 24 years old, he has the potential to improve too.

His ten goals and seven assists in 37 matches for Hearts isn't the most prolific record, but he could just be a disruptive influence in attack, rather than an out-and-out goalscorer.

It's worth considering.

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