Celtic transfer target Uche Ikpeazu has been heavily praised by rival manager Steven Gerrard for his performance at Tynecastle on Sunday, The Scottish Sun report.
It was reported earlier this month that the Hoops were one of the teams interested in signing him from Hearts, alongside QPR, Wigan, Bristol City and Derby County.
His physical display against Rangers ensured that defenders Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic had a difficult day, helping his side to a 1-1 draw.
It was a result that meant Celtic stayed top of the Scottish Premiership by the end of the weekend’s action.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Gerrard said of Ikpeazu’s performance: “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.”
Would he be a good Celtic signing?
Ikpeazu has little chance of becoming the club’s number one striker considering the options that Neil Lennon current has at his disposal.
From the exceptional Odsonne Edouard to Leigh Griffiths, through Vakoun Bayo, the Hoops already have strikers of varying styles and attributes.
There’s no doubt that on his day Ikpeazu can be an effective Scottish Premiership talent. As noted by Gerrard he is physical, robust and loves a tussle with the opposition.
That might suit a team like Hearts, but it’d be hard to see where he’d fit in at Celtic beyond moments of desperation when we go far more direct.
His scoring record isn’t exactly exceptional either. He managed to net just eight times last season and has scored just twice this season.
It’s hard to see reports that we’re keen on him as anything more than paper talk.
We can do a lot better, despite Gerrard’s assertions he can be ‘unplayable’.