Craig Levein reckons Celtic-linked Lawrence Shankland could be for sale in January

By John Reid

November 3, 2020

Craig Levein reckons that Celtic-linked Lawrence Shankland could be sold by Dundee United in the January  transfer window, making the comments on BBC’s Scottish football podcast.

The Tannadice side are having financial issues at the moment. As a result the former Scotland manager thinks Shankland could be sold as a result.

“Bring in some money in January”

“To get promoted last season Dundee United had a loss of £3.7million in the Championship. That model isn’t sustainable. They might think Lawrence Shankland will bring in some money in January if need be, but they are obviously struggling as are every team at this moment in time” Levein said, on BBC’s Scottish football podcast (16m 23s; 02/11/20)

It is fair to say that Levein isn’t the most popular man with the Celtic support. Especially after his recent comments, as reported by 67HH, that he doesn’t want Celtic to win the league as he’s fed up with hearing about 10 in a row.

However, as a former Dundee United manager, he might be clued into what is happening at the club, and if Shankland, who has scored 30 goals for the Tannadice club, could be available in January.

Nick Hammond reportedly watched player

Of course, one matter to contend with is will Celtic will still be interested in the player. The Scottish Sun reported in January that Nick Hammond watched the player.

Lawrence Shankland has been scouted by Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Daily Record reported that last year Hoops scout Tosh McKinlay witnessed the player scored a hat-trick. However, the Hoops currently have four strikers at the club. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Celtic will still be interested in the player.

That being said, if the player is available for a cut-price fee in January, then the Hoops might decide that the player is worth taking a punt on.

Shankland does have a good goalscoring record. However, the sheer number of strikers at the club might prevent Celtic from registering an interest in the player. Only time will tell.

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