Reported Rangers target Lawrence Shankland has emerged as a target for English League One outfit Portsmouth, according to Portsmouth News.
The prolific Ayr United striker has had a superb season at Somerset Park and is set to leave the club with his contract expiring this summer.
Both Rangers and Celtic have been credited with an interest in the player [Daily Star]. But now it looks like they’ll face competition from Portsmouth, amongst other sides.
Ayr United manager Ian McCall claimed last week that three sides had offered Shankland a deal. McCall claimed one of these was a Scottish club where you need to be “really mentally strong” to succeed [BBC Scotland].
No prizes for guessing the two clubs where that could potentially be.
But reports earlier in the week also claimed that Sunderland were set to steal in and sign the player [the Sun].
Whatever the case, there’s plenty of interest in the 23-year-old Glaswegian. His 34 goals in 41 appearances for the Honest Men meant that was always going to be the case.
Are Portsmouth, Sunderland and Rangers the three sides Ian McCall was talking about?
If so, Rangers may well have the upper hand. Not only is Ibrox much closer to home for Shankland, but the striker is a boyhood Rangers fan.