Sunderland’s reported advantage over Celtic in Lawrence Shankland race

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United with the match at full time ball...

Neil Lennon’s Celtic and Jack Ross’s Sunderland are reportedly interested in Lawrence Shankland.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United celebrates after scoring for 5-0 in...

Lawrence Shankland is aware of interest from Celtic, but Sunderland hope to secure the services of the 23-year-old striker, according to The Northern Echo.

It has been reported that Sunderland hope that playing regular first-team football at the Stadium of Light will convince Shankland to snub Celtic.

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The 23-year-old, who is leaving Ayr United this summer, would struggle to establish himself as a regular in Neil Lennon’s starting lineup.

 

Sunderland or Celtic?

Sunderland are a big club, but the Black Cats are in League One at the moment - the third tier in English football.

While Shankland would get to play more games at the Stadium of Light than he would at Celtic Park, the striker would be challenging for trophies at the Hoops and could even play in the Champions League.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United celebrates after scoring for 1-0 in...

Moreover, one could argue that Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are a bigger club than Sunderland.

According to BBC Sport, Shankland scored 24 goals and provided four assists for Ayr in the Scottish Championship this season.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United with the match at full time ball...

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