Speaking to The Courier, Rangers linked striker Lawrence Shankland has dropped a hint on his future, suggesting he could stay at Dundee United for the 2020/21 campaign.
Shankland has scored 28 goals for the Tangerines this season and has netted once for Scotland, with his exploits whipping up plenty of transfer speculation.
Both Rangers and Celtic were said to have scouted him back in September [Daily Record] and as a childhood bluenose, there’s already a link between the club and the striker.
However, with United 18 points clear at the top of the Championship and almost nailed on to be playing top-flight football next season, it appears there’s a chance he could stay put.
Last week, the club’s Sporting Director, Tony Asghar, told The Courier’s Talking Football Podcast that selling Shankland wasn’t in their business plan ahead of the summer, and that appears to be an approach the player is happy with.
“It’s always nice to hear that,” he told The Courier in response to Asghar’s comments. “You want to be part of the plans at any football club.”
“That’s what I aim towards every day by working hard. If I keep scoring goals, I’ll manage to keep myself in there.
“That’s the main thing for me and hopefully we can get this league won sooner rather than later.”
Shankland is clearly staying grounded despite his success in the Championship and it appears unlikely he’ll be pushing for an exit anytime soon.
There’s reportedly been interest in his services from QPR and Stoke City [Scottish Sun] as well as the Old Firm, but ultimately, he’s contracted until the summer of 2022.
At 24 and with several seasons of prolific goalscoring behind him, albeit not at the top level, it seems highly likely that offers will come in for him. When the phones do start ringing, it will truly reveal whether United are motivated by finances or success on the pitch.
As for the Rangers link, interest appeared to cool with little further speculation during the January window, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be reignited during the summer.
Bears are split over the potential merits of a swoop, but whether or not the Gers enter the market for any striker, will very much depend on whether or not Alfredo Morelos and Florian Kamberi remain at the club.