Dundee United’s valuation for Lawrence Shankland must put Celtic off making any sort of bid in the summer.
Shankland has continued his impressive form for United since the turn of the year. He has 26 goals in 26 appearances, with two strikes against Hibernian to his name too (Transfermarkt).
Celtic have previously been scouting Shankland during Championship matches, and were present when he fired in a hat-trick against Partick Thistle last month (Scottish Sun).
However, it appears as though United owner Mark Ogren is getting a tad wishful with regards to how much his side can get for Shankland. When asked by the BBC whether a sum of £3million would be enough, Ogren said the following:
“It would definitely have to be more than that.
“We’d be very happy to keep him but if the situation was right for both Lawrence and the club we’d be open to a situation where he might leave
“There were some offers (in January), but we pushed back and weren’t interested. We didn’t really entertain anything. He wants to finish what we’ve started here.”
There comes a point when it’s not worth it
Shankland is a good prospect, but there’s still nothing to suggest he’ll be a massive success at Parkhead. Spending anywhere over £3m is money spent on a player expected to hit the ground running. There are still doubts over Shankland and whether he could do that.
Last month, Celtic got rid of a player who tore it up in the Championship yet couldn’t cut it in the top league. Lewis Morgan has left for Inter Miami and managed 14 goals from a wide position. He also bagged nine assists too, meaning he was directly involved in 23 goals for St Mirren (Transfermarkt).
Yet how much of a step-up did Celtic prove to be for him? He barely looked a threat when he played for us, and it’s no surprise to see him head off to the MLS. He wasn’t good enough despite how impressive he may have been in the Championship.
There’s no argument now as to whether Shankland can score against Premiership opposition. His goals against Hibernian and one against Hearts in the Betfred Cup is proof of it. But there’s no reason for us to believe he can do it consistently.
A season with United, or at least a half of one when they’re in the Premiership, should be enough to make a decision on him. If United are going higher than £3m, we have to take every precaution necessary before splashing out that kind of cash.
Shankland still has plenty to prove before he can be considered worth that figure. One thing’s for sure, they’ll do well to find someone who’ll pay it.