Celtic are still being linked with Ayr United’s Lawrence Shankland, and at this point it might be worth a go.

The Daily Star reported, cited by the Daily Record, that Shankland is interesting the Hoops. Of course, Celtic aren’t the only club apparently keen either. The likes of Rangers, Sunderland, Swansea, and Hull City are all reportedly interested.

Shankland is out of contract this summer after a stunning season with the Honest men. He’s rattled home 31 goals in the Championship. He’s also banged in 60 since 2017, showing how much he’s improved since leaving Aberdeen.

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Lawrence Shankland has slammed home 31 goals at Championship level (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

An opportunity has now come up for the Hoops in the summer if they wish to pursue it. Snapping up Shankland on a pre-contract may not be the most glamorous of signings, but what can Celtic lose here?

He’s been one of the most clinical strikers in the country this season, albeit at Championship level. But at 23-years of age, he clearly has huge potential for his youth.

Where can Celtic go wrong here?

This really is a no-lose situation for the Hoops. A chance to try out a young star with plenty of potential. Perhaps the Hoops could even snap him up and send him out on loan to see how he performs in the Premiership.

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We’re already likely to lose both Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke respectively. Our striking options look set to be thin in the summer.

 

It’s fine saying that he’s yet to perform in the Premiership. After all, even Martyn Waghorn scored 28 goals at Championship level. But this would be fine if Shankland was eing courted by a lowly Premiership club. If he performed well then Celtic could stil snap him up for a minimal fee in the future.

We don’t have that luxury given the names of the clubs linked with him. If he rockets in England, he’ll soar beyond our value.

Shankland is the kind of deal Peter Lawwell likes – the free ones (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a case of signing him now or allowing him to go to the Championship (or Rangers), and shoot up to a ridiculous value.

If it doesn’t work out then it doesn’t work out, but should we really just ignore that goal return? Especially for a player that would arrive in the summer for nothing?

This, of course, should by no means be one of Peter Lawwell’s key summer targets. There has to be some marquee signings coming through Parkhead as the bid for (hopefully) nine-in-a-row gets underway.

His failure to make the grade at Aberdeen may also be a turnoff for supporters. But Shankland looks a much more rounded player now than he was then. Turning our noses up at him for that would be criminal.

Shankland is clearly ready for a bigger move, but is he ready for THE move in Scottish football? Celtic don’t even need to spend a transfer fee to find out. Bring him in and see what he’s all about.

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