Sunderland have made the first offer for ex-Ayr United striker Lawrence Shankland, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Hoops had been linked the Scottish striker in January but nothing came of it.

The 23-year-old is on fire, notching up 34 goals in 41 appearances last season.

Shankland is a free agent clubs will not need to break the bank to bring him in – just offer the best chance.

Celtic should ask Lawrence Shankland question

It’s clear the striker has something about him, hence the interest from Jack Ross’ Sunderland.

Sunderland want Lawrence Shankland for promotion push. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Black Cats are back chasing promotion in League One after narrowly missing out.

Shankland would be challenging the likes of Will Grigg for a starting spot if he decides to move down south.

Perhaps it’s even tougher at Celtic with Odsonne Edouard holding down that role on his own. This is before Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo are set to return from absences.

 

Nevertheless, Shankland is a hungry player who believes in his own ability to reach the top.

Rangers, Hull City and Nottingham Forest are also reportedly interested, so whoever wants him will have competition.

Boyhood Ger will want to reach the top. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, Shankland is a Glasgow boy and, despite his boyhood allegiances for the other side, he will know what’s best for his career.

Are Celtic in the market for a striker?

In the last few months Neil Lennon has reportedly been interested in a striker.

As said before, there are three top strikers in the ranks already but injuries and personal problems have meant only one being available.

Will Lennon run the roost over Griffiths and Bayo before returning to the transfer market?

Leigh Griffiths will return this summer. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Lennon said he isn’t afraid to spend, but at present there are other areas that should be more priority.

Shankland will not cost the mega bucks but he could do a job domestically.

However, the fans will scrutinise every move Lennon makes this summer and whatever he does must be the correct decision.

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