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Rangers, Celtic may regret not pursuing Lawrence Shankland

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United scores from a penalty for 4-0 in the...

Celtic and Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers were linked to the red-hot marksman.

Joseph Mbu of Edinburgh City  challenges Lawrence Shankland of St Mirren  during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in...

Neither Celtic or Rangers will be signing Lawrence Shankland then.

The 23-year-old marksman had a phenomenal season in the Scottish Championship last year, netting 34 goals in total.

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The Chronicle claimed in May that both Celtic and Rangers were keen on signing the Scottish striker, but Dundee United are set to snap him up [The Sun].

It's likely that both Old Firm sides never actually went for him because they're difficult moves to turn down - especially when you're a lifelong Gers fan, once on the books at Auchenhowie - but the question is whether the Hoops and Steven Gerrard's side will regret not getting serious about him.

 

He might only be successful in the second tier as things stand, but 34 goals is still one hell of a return and surely he has earned a crack at the Premiership.

It's fair to say that Celtic and Rangers aren't in dire need of a striker, given that they have Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, and then Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe respectively.

But the light Blues will probably need a third goalscorer amid speculation about Kyle Lafferty and Ryan Hardie leaving Ibrox, while Neil Lennon will have a fight to keep Edouard this time next year if he scores in excess of 20 goals again this season.

It's inevitable that Shankland reaches the Premiership eventually and once he does, it wouldn't be a surprise if he tore that division up too.

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...

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