Celtic linked forward Lawrence Shankland says “it is flattering” to be linked with some “big clubs” this month, although it’s not the right time to leave Dundee United.

The Scotland international was watched by Hoops scout Tosh McKinlay away back in September (via the Daily Record) and speculation has been rife about his future ever since.

Shankland has been mainly quiet on the issue of his future but now he has given an update on his feelings during this January window.

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“It is flattering knowing that there is interest from big clubs in England and Scotland,” he told the Daily Record.

Lawrence Shankland in training

Lawrence Shankland in training (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It is great to hear and read but I genuinely believe that Dundee United is the best place for me at this stage in my career.

“United are a team on the up and why would I want to leave the club just now? I came here to get Dundee United back into the Premiership and that is what I plan to do.


“I know how desperate everybody is to get the club back in the Premiership and it would have been wrong for me to even think about leaving just now. ”


Tannadice (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

While Shankland continues to score, he will continue to be linked to Celtic

It is easy to see why Shankland is happy to stay at Tannadice, until the end of the season at least.


He is still just 24 years old, has only been at United since the start of season and will be enjoying his football immensely.

He’s scored 23 goals in 20 league matches and will have certain targets as United aim to win the league. There are far too many reasons for him to want to jump ship.

Things may change, but at present it seems a little bit of a stretch for Celtic to move for him, even in the summer.

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths in action

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths in action (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Leigh Griffiths looks like he’s back in the groove and we also have Patryk Klimala as well as Odsonne Edouard, and Vakoun Bayo to a lesser extent.

If Edouard moves on then you would guess the club would replace him with someone of a calibre greater than the Scottish Championship.

But while Shankland continues to score goals, he will continue to be linked with ourselves and others.

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