Celtic linked Lawrence Shankland has become the subject of transfer interest from Nottingham Forest ahead of the January transfer window, The Scottish Sun report.

The paper says that the English Championship side are planning a ‘raid’ on Dundee United this January in an effort to boost their striking options beyond Lewis Grabban.

A fee of £2m is suggested by the outlet as a bid that United could find ‘hard to resist’.

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Celtic were previously credited with an interest in the free-scoring 24-year-old back in September, with The Daily Record reporting that scout Tosh McKinlay had been watching him in action for the Tayside club.

That report suggested we have been tracking his progress for a while, going back to his Ayr United days.

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Celtic linked Lawrence Shankland

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Stunning season

It’s no surprise to hear that a variety of clubs are keen on Shanklands services given his scoring rate over the last few seasons.

Having netted 61 goals in 73 appearances for Ayr (Transfermarkt), he won a move to Tannadice where has not slowed down on the goal front. If anything he’s improving.

This term he’s scored a stunning 19 goals in 18 appearances for Robbie Neilson’s side (Transfermarkt), helping them in their bid to gain promotion back to the Scottish Premiership. He was most recently on target during Friday night’s Dundee derby.

 

With Scotland boss Steve Clarke searching for answers on the international scene and a bright future for the Tartan Army, Shankland was also called up for October matches against Russia and San Marino. That’s despite his lack of real experience at the top level in Scotland.

He quickly showed his potential with a goal on his first start, against minnows San Marino.

Celtic option?

Neil Lennon currently has Odsonne Edouard at his disposal and there’ll be no shifting him any time soon, but there is an argument to say Shankland could provide a credible scoring threat as a back-up.

Vakoun Bayo has struggled to make an impact since joining in January while Leigh Griffiths continues to battle with fitness problems.

Could a poacher like the Dundee United man be a useful option?

If we are truly interested then the upcoming transfer window would be the time to make our move, before a club from down south comes in and offers him a future in the Championship or Premier League.

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