Craig Beattie thinks Lawrence Shankland may be better joining Celtic

Craig Beattie of Swansea City in action during the npower Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City at Loftus Road on December 26, 2010 in London, England.

Rangers are reportedly keen on bringing Lawrence Shankland to Ibrox - but face competition from Celtic.

Craig Beattie of Swansea City in action during the npower Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City at Loftus Road on December 26, 2010 in London, England.

Rangers and Celtic are both believed to be pursuing Lawrence Shankland – and Craig Beattie has offered his view on the striker's future.

When Shankland's Ayr United contract expired at the end of last season, he was expected to make a big move to England, having smashed 62 goals in 73 for the Scottish Championship side.

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Instead, the 24-year-old chose to make a move to Dundee United, meaning he stayed in Scotland's second tier in a move that baffled many.

 

Shankland has unsurprisingly continues his scoring form in the Scottish Championship, scoring 15 goals in his first 13 games for Dundee United.

His form even resulted in a first Scotland call-up, and on Sunday, he opened his account for his country with a goal in the 6-0 win over San Marino.

Shankland impressed in that game, and that will have been of interest to Celtic and Rangers, with both interested in signing the striker according to the Daily Record.

Shankland told the Glasgow Evening Times last year that he grew up supporting Rangers, meaning a move to Ibrox may well appeal, but he's been told to heavily consider Celtic by a man with a foot in both camps.

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland vies with Luca Cenoni of San Marino during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Ex-Celtic striker Beattie actually started out with Rangers before moving to Parkhead, and he has told the Keeping the Ball on the Ground podcast that he thinks Celtic suit Shankland better than Rangers.

Beattie feels that Celtic will create more chances for a poacher like Shankland, whereas Alfredo Morelos created his own chances for Rangers, and believes a move to Parkhead would ultimately make more sense than joining his boyhood club.

“I think he's good enough for Celtic and he suits Celtic's style more than Rangers',” said Beattie. “The way Morelos plays he creates a lot of chances and makes a lot of his goals himself. Whereas Celtic are a bit more creative in the final third with their wide players and Christie. I think he'd be more suited to Celtic and he could quite easily go into Celtic and do a job there,” he added.

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland is seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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