Celtic have been linked with Lawrence Shankland this season, but there’s a rival Championship striker who’s been in better form in recent times – Kevin Nisbet.
Reasons for Celtic’s interest in Shankland have never truly been revealed. However, both Tosh McKinlay and Nick Hammond have been to scout him for the club in recent months (Daily Record, Scottish Sun).
But you have to imagine it’s his goal return that makes us an interested party. Shankland has bagged a stunning 26 goals in 26 games this season (Transfermarkt). You can’t argue with stats like that.
However, in his last 12 Championship matches, Shankland has netted 10. That’s not poor by any stretch, but it’s also not the best the division has had to offer either. Nope, that goes the way of Dunfermline striker Nisbet, who scored on live TV against Dundee on Friday night.
That goal for Nisbet was his 15th goal in his last 12 games. Yep, you read that right. Nisbet is in stunning form for the Pars, and was recently on a seven-game run in which he scored in every match (Transfermarkt). He’s been outscoring Shankland in recent times.
Nisbet impressed at Parkhead too
Unlike the United man, Nisbet also had a good game against us at Celtic Park back in August. The big centre-forward held the ball up well and helped give Christopher Jullien a struggling initiation to domestic football. It was his build-up play that helped create some glaring opportunities that went astray in the first half.
Nisbet has also been linked with Rangers this season too. The Ibrox club were reported to be keeping tabs on his performances, and they’ll likely be impressed if they’ve continued to do so (Glasgow Times).
It’s not just his recent goals either. He’s been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 17 games. It’s fair to say that his results in terms of numbers are unrivaled in the Championship over the last couple of months.
If Celtic are delving into the Championship to look for talent, why not Nisbet? Sure, he doesn’t have the overall total of goals for the season that Shankland has, but he also isn’t playing in as high a standard of team. Dunfermline sit fifth in the Championship table, whereas United are running away with it at the top.
His form is just as good if not better over the last couple of months than Shankland’s. He won’t be good enough to come in and play a part immediately, but considering he’s two years younger than the United man, he could be worth keeping an eye on for the long-term. With 34 goals in 46 games for Raith last season also (Transfermarkt), he’s not just a one-season wonder.
Shankland clearly doesn’t have many attributes outside of his goals that would add much to what’s at Parkhead. Therefore, if we’re talking goals, Celtic should have a look at the Dunfermline man too.