Report: Sunderland offer Lawrence Shankland a contract as Celtic express interest

Sunderland manager Jack Ross applauds the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in...

League One Sunderland are reportedly competing with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic for Ayr United striker 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 from a...

Sunderland have offered a contract to free agent striker Lawrence Shankland but the Northern Echo points out that Celtic have also made their interest clear.

After plundering 34 goals in 41 games for Ayr United in the Scottish second tier last season, a prolific centre-forward has a number of offers on the table as he weighs up the first big move of his professional career.

 

Shankland has been linked with clubs on both sides of the border with his contract set to expire at the end of this month.

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And the Northern Echo reports that Sunderland manager Jack Ross has offered a contract to a player he worked with during a spell in charge of St Mirren.

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...

The report adds, however, that Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have expressed an interest too and the chance to wear the famous green and white hoops could be very difficult to turn down given the prospect of European football and domestic titles.

Shankland could be tasked with replacing the goals of Moussa Dembele, while the departures of Timo Weah and Oliver Burke also leave Celtic short of depth in attack.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United shrugs off the challenge of Rachid...

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