Hearts’ Uche Ikpeazu has undeniably been one of the most important players to pull on a maroon jersey this season.

His importance was once more underlined when he rifled home the late equaliser in the recent Edinburgh Derby.

It might only have been his eighth goal of the season, but it showcased what the player is all about. With Steven Naismith still out injured, Ikpeazu’s importance seems to grow by the week.

Consider resting player for league games

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Now with the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic on the horizon, Craig Levein must consider resting Ikpeazu for Hearts’ last three league games of the season.

It might mean that Hearts miss the last few games of the season, but the chance of winning a trophy surely is more important than that.

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Catastrophic if player picks up injury

If Ikpeazu picked up an injury in one of the last games of the season, it would be catastrophic for a Hearts team already missing Naismith.

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Should the player still want to be involved in the last few league games, he should be on the bench and only play cameo roles.

Hearts might well lose the league games that Ikpeazu does not start. But the Scottish Cup is more important than that.

Resting Ikpeazu is certainly a move that Craig Levein shouldn’t be ruling out in the weeks to come.

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