The Celtic-linked striker came on against Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers on Sunday.

Rangers’ Connor Goldson has praised the qualities of reported Celtic target Uche Ikpeazu.

The Gers beat Ikpeazu’s Hearts 3-0 in a Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon.

In doing so, Rangers set up a final date with Celtic as Steven Gerrard’s side bid for a first major trophy since 2011.

Ikpeazu came on after 40 minutes following an injury to striker Steven MacLean.

The English attacker is noted for his strength and physicality, so much so that the Hoops have been linked with signing him this January [West London Sport].

And Goldson – a £3 million signing by the light Blues [The Record] – admits that he and centre-back partner Filip Helander didn’t even try to fight fire with fire against the burly 6’3 forward.

He told Rangers’ official website: “When Uche Ikpeazu came on we just tried to stay away from him, you’re not fighting because you are never going to get the better of him.”

Interestingly, Celtic boss Neil Lennon did hint last week that he could sign a new striker in the winter transfer window.

But unless Ikpeaz – who has five league goals since the start of last season – drastically improves his goalscoring form, it seems unlikely that Lennon will be getting him.

In other news, Report: £1m man open to Celtic move after 9 months without a game