Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland has stated that he wants to stay in the Tannadice club’s plans as we head towards the end of the season.
Celtic have been to scout the striker several times, with Nick Hammond himself watching Shankland bag a hat-trick against Partick Thistle last month (Scottish Sun). Tosh McKinlay also watched the forward bag three on Celtic’s behalf (Daily Record).
United sporting director Tony Asghar has stated that the club don’t want to sell Shankland and don’t need to sell him either. The plan for Premiership-bound United is to build a team around the forward (The Courier).
That seemed to please Shankland, who spoke to the Courier about his hopes to simply stay in United’s plans heading into next season.
“It’s always nice to hear that. You want to be part of the plans at any football club. That’s what I aim towards every day by working hard.
“If I keep scoring goals, I’ll manage to keep myself in there. That’s the main thing for me and hopefully we can get this league won sooner rather than later.”
Tunnel vision for Shankland
So it looks as though the United striker isn’t focusing on any of the speculation. Instead, he’s only looking at firing United into the Premiership. That’s exactly the stance he should have too.
A move to Parkhead seems to be extremely unrealistic at this stage – even a summer move. Celtic brought Patryk Klimala in from Jagiellonia Bialystok in January. He cost the club £3.5m, and therefore the Hoops will surely be looking to see his quality next season (Scottish Sun).
We also still have Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths, and Vakoun Bayo available too. Jonathan Afolabi will also return to the club in the summer. So Celtic still have plenty of options, and it seems far-fetched to think we’ll pay big-money for Shankland at this point.
He seems fully-focused on making sure that he stays in United’s plans, and he’s quite right too. Shankland has never managed to be a first-choice Premiership striker. Just because he’s scored 28 goals in 30 games this season doesn’t mean that life has always been this great for the former Aberdeen and St Mirren man (Transfermarkt).
His comments won’t stop clubs from coming for him this summer. His two goals against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup will make sure of that. But he doesn’t seem as though he’ll be putting any pressure on United to sell in any case.