Former Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland’s finishing ability means he would get into the Celtic squad.

Shankland has not featured that often for the Tannadice side this season, but showed his goalscoring ability with a fine finish in the recent 2-1 win over St Mirren.

The goal was a volley that he swivelled and finished over his shoulder, any striker would have been proud to score it.

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Speaking on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra (25/09/20, 18:40) McCoist was so impressed with the finish that he believes that any club in Scotland, including Celtic, would love to have Shankland in their ranks.

“He gives you something different”

“He’s one of the few forwards in the league capable of that type of goal, he gives you something different. Any team and I include Rangers and Celtic in that, would like to have Lawrence Shankland in their ranks.”

Lawrence Shankland has been scouted by Celtic

Lawrence Shankland has been scouted by Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McCoist’s comments might not be as far-fetched as you think. After all, Shankland has been scouted by Celtic in the past.

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The Scottish Sun reported that in January Hoops scout Tosh McKinlay was spotted watching the player. The Scottish Sun also reported that the same month Celtic’s recruitment chief Nick Hammond also watched the player in action.

Club are well aware of the player’s talents

Celtic are obviously well aware of Shankland’s abilities. However, at the moment it seems unlikely that Celtic would make a move for the player. For a start, the Hoops already have four strikers in the squad. Should that number go down then maybe a move for Shankland could happen, but until that happens it’s a non-starter.

Lawrence Shankland in action for Scotland

Lawrence Shankland in action for Scotland (Photo by Paul Harding – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

There is also the need to see the player perform in the Premiership. Shankland’s goal against St Mirren was his first of the season.

If he can be as prolific in the Premiership as he was in the Championship, then Celtic might well make a move for the player at the end of the season.

There is no doubt that Celtic would not pass up on signing a player who can score the type of goal that Shankland did against St Mirren. At the moment it seems like a non-starter. Who knows, that could change in the future.

In other news, Celtic should start offering pay-per-view options to home games.


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