The Scottish Sun reports that Dundee United have launched an outlandish attempt to sign Lawrence Shankland.
The Rangers-supporting striker [Scottish Sun] scored a whopping 34 goals for Ayr United last term. Unsurprisingly, those exploits attracted a lot of attention. Now his contract has expired, he’s available on a free.

Shankland netted four in a 5-0 win against Dundee United last November. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)
Both Rangers and Celtic were credited with interest last month [Chronicle]. There’s are more persistent links to clubs south of the border, too, including from Championship side Hull City and League One giants Sunderland [
Chronicle].
However, it appears the Arabs still think they have a genuine chance of landing the forward.
Tony Ashgar, United’s Sporting Director, said, as
quoted by the Scottish Sun: “We are in talks with Shankland’s representatives and we have made an offer to come to Dundee United”.
“We see Lawrence as a top player and we want him to be part of our Championship challenge and beyond. We know Lawrence is very much a player in demand and has a lot of offers elsewhere and we are hopeful things will come to a conclusion, either way, very quickly.”
He demonstrated consistently good finishing across the season. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Verdict

It would be remarkable if Shankland opted to stay in the Scottish second tier after such a breakout season.
This is his chance to make a really big move and if he turns others down for Dundee United, he could soon end up regretting it.
It’s somewhat surprising that the Gers don’t appear to have acted on initial interest.
Kyle Lafferty looks set for the exit door. Therefore, the club is in need of a third striker. A prolific, natural goalscorer who supports the club is available on a free. Yet, there’s apparently no rush from Stevie G to move.
If the Gers opt against a swoop and Shankland ends up excelling elsewhere, they may rue their decision not to act on his availability.

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