Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland has brushed off speculation linking him with a move away from Tannadice, speaking to BBC Scotland.

There have been multiple reports this season that Celtic have scouted the player.

The Daily Record said back in September that Tosh McKinlay was in attendance to check out the striker scoring a hat-trick against Morton.

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Then, in the January transfer window, it was reported by The Scottish Sun that Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond had watched the player shine against Partick Thistle.

The BBC believes that United value him in excess of £3m, a sign of how well thought he is in Tayside.

However, Shankland isn’t interested in discussing an exit, with his sole focus right now remaining on helping his side’s promotion bid.

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As quoted by BBC Scotland, he said of any interest: “It’s not something I’ve been thinking about.

“We were kind of stuttering our way towards the title with a wee bit of drop in form and not picking up great results. That was my main focus – to get back to winning ways.

“Obviously this interruption has caused a wee bit of a delay to that. But hopefully, when we eventually get back we can start well and get it won.”

Shankland scored 28 goals in 33 appearances for United before the suspension of Scottish football (Transfermarkt), so it’s understandable that Celtic would want to check the player out in person.

However, having since signed Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths well on his way back to top form, the need for a striker anytime soon isn’t there.

Scotland international Lawrence Shankland

Scotland international Lawrence Shankland / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We may need one if a decision is taken to sell Odsonne Edouard, but it’s doubtful fans would accept Shankland as a direct replacement.

Perhaps if United are confirmed in the Scottish Premiership next season, Shankland can prove he has what it takes to compete at the top level of Scottish football.

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