Tony Asghar comments on reported Rangers and Celtic target Lawrence Shankland

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in...

Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers and Neil Lennon’s Celtic reportedly want Lawrence Shankland.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. Ibrox Stadium of Rangers

Dundee United sporting director Tony Asghar has told The Daily Record that the club do not have any plan to sell Lawrence Shankland amid speculation that Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers and Neil Lennon’s Celtic want him.

The Daily Record reported last month that both Rangers and Celtic had scouted Shankland’s during United’s match against Greenock Morton.

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It was reported that Tosh McKinlay of Celtic and Billy McLaren of Rangers were present at Tannadice Park to watch the 24-year-old striker in action.

Asghar has made it clear that United do not have any plan to part company with the Scotland international in the January transfer window.

Asghar told The Daily Record: “Lawrence has committed to three years. This club has a history of selling players at the wrong time.

“My job is to get the best value for the club – and the best value for the club is to go on and get promotion over and above any money from a transfer fee.”

The United sporting director added: “Some clubs can find themselves in the position where they have to sell their top assets, but we are not in that position.

“The owners were clear when Lawrence arrived in the summer. He’s a key part of what we’re trying to do, so I don’t expect any chats like this come January.”

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,...

Rangers or Celtic move possible?

United signed Shankland from Ayr United only in the summer of 2019, and it is hard to see the Scottish Championship club sell him just a few months later.

According to The Daily Record, the striker has scored 15 goals for Robbie Neilson’s side already this season, and the club will want him to stay until next summer at least in order to maintain their chance of clinching promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland celebrates after he scores his team's fourth goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in...

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