Earlier this month, the Scottish Sun reported that both Rangers and Celtic are interested in Uche Ikpeazu.

Then, on Friday evening, the Daily Express reported the Gers are also plotting a move for his teammate, John Souttar.

Steven Gerrard may have kept a close eye on proceedings today. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On Saturday afternoon, they demonstrated an appetite for the big occasion. Both players were instrumental in Hearts’ Scottish Cup semi-final win against Inverness.

After a goalless first period, it was Ikpeazu who broke the deadlock on 49 minutes.

Following a corner, he pounced on a loose ball and slammed home from six yards.

Ikpeazu makes no mistake from close range. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It settled a few nerves for the Edinburgh outfit and from then on, they asserted their authority on the Championship opposition.

Souttar got in on the act not long after the hour mark.


Again it was a corner that did the trick for the Jambos and the centre-back arrived at the back post to volley home from close range.

Souttar made a sweet connection to double Hearts’ lead. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A third and final goal was to follow less than 10 minutes later. Ikpeazu was involved once more, drawing a foul from Caley keeper Mark Ridgers, before leaving Sean Clare to complete the formalities from the spot.

Ikpeazu’s goal return (two in 14 SPL matches) isn’t much to shout about. Souttar isn’t known for his prowess in the final third either.

Yet, both players showed an ability to stand up on the big stage at Hampden.

There is expectation week in week out at a Rangers player, so it’s a quality any new signings simply must have.

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