Lawrence Shankland would move to Celtic or Rangers

By Connor Gordon

December 27, 2018

Boyhood Rangers fan Lawrence Shankland hasn’t ruled out moving to city rivals Celtic.

The on-target Ayr United striker spoke on Wednesday’s BBC Off The Ball about a potential move.

He told presenters Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan that he’d be open to moving to both sides of the Glasgow divide.

Shankland doesn’t shrug at Celtic transfer

The 23-year-old admitted on-air to watching the Ibrox side as a boy but has left the door open to a move to Parkhead.

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Shankland said: “I used to go and watch them [Rangers] when I was younger.

“It’s one of they ones. If it’s an option and your’re from Scotland it’s one you can’t easily turn down.

“I have family members who are all Celtic fans as well.”

Leigh Griffiths will be out for a period of time and Rodgers wants two replacements. (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Shankland, from the east end of Glasgow, was subject to speculation to Celtic following Leigh Griffiths’ ommission from the squad for the foreseeable future.

The former Aberdeen forward continues to raise eyebrows, scoring 28 goals in 25 games this season in the Scottish Championship.

The 23-year-old is tearing it up in the Scottish Championship this season following a stormer in League One. (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

This will definitely be on the radar of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who aims to get two strikers in January.

The price is right

Shankland believes he will remain at his present club whilst the Chairman looks to cash in, but only at the right moment.

A figure of £500,000 was also mentioned on-air, but ‘The Honest Men’ will want him loaned back.

Ayr are currently top of the table and eyeing Scottish Premiership football.

Ayr United manager Ian McCall wants Shankland loaned back should be sign elsewhere next month. (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Also in their ranks is James Forrest’s younger brother Alan, who will want to compete against his sibling next season.

Shankland’s previous clubs include the Dons, Queen’s Park, Morton, St Mirren and Dunfermline.

He was with the Ibrox side for a brief stint as a young boy, but has scored against his boyhood club while playing alongside Andy Robertson for The Spiders in Division Three.

If Shankland does decide to jump ship, he will be welcomed like many boyhood Rangers fans in the past.