Any Lawrence Shankland gap that Celtic had has now been filled

By David Walton

March 30, 2020

Any need Celtic had for Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland in January has now surely disappeared.

Shankland shut down talk regarding his future in an interview with the BBC this week. He stated that the big-move speculation hasn’t affected him as he switched his focus towards securing promotion with United.

The striker has been linked with several clubs over the last few months. Celtic have been at the front of centre of the speculation too, with both Tosh McKinlay (Daily Record) and Nick Hammond (Scottish Sun) taking separate visits to see him in action.

Lawrence Shankland in training (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, given the renaissance of Leigh Griffiths at Celtic Park – surely talk of Shankland making a move to Parkhead from Tannadice will be given a bye this summer.

Make no mistake, Shankland has had a stunning campaign with the Terrors. His goal-return is up there with any striker in Scotland with 28 goals in 33 games (Transfermarkt). However, bearing in mind this is also in a league that Martyn Waghorn thrived in – the Scottish Championship.

No need to splash out on Shankland

United owner Mark Ogren said that the club would “definitely” be looking for more than £3m for Shankland when they do sell him (BBC). With that being the case, this isn’t an investment that Celtic need to make anymore.

Griffiths has scored eight goals since January, and has struck up an impressive partnership with Odsonne Edouard (Transfermarkt). Finally, Celtic have managed to find someone to take the goal-burden off of the Frenchman. Surely, that was the only reason we were interested in Shankland in the first place.

And that’s not even mentioning the fact that we signed Patryk Klimala for £3.5m in January too (Scottish Sun). Signing another centre-forward in the summer would surely be a slap in the face to him.

Celtic striker Patryk Klimala (Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Yes, there is the chance that Edouard departs this summer. But would swapping Edouard for Shankland really appease the supporters? If Eddy was to depart, and we all hope he doesn’t, then surely the club would need to be more ambitious in their search for a replacement.

The only way Shankland should be arriving at Parkhead is as cover and to come in and out of the team when necessary. Given we currently have four strikers all vying for opportunities at the club, that Shankland-shaped hole has been filled.

So as speculation regarding his future gets set to crank up again, you can likely rule Celtic out of any move for him for the foreseeable future.