Dundee United sporting director Tony Asghar has told BBC Scotland his club would be willing to listen to offers for previously Rangers linked Lawrence Shankland.

Shankland grew up a Rangers fan and the Gers reportedly scouted him earlier in the season [Daily Record], although the rumours linking him with a move to Ibrox have died down in recent months.

Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland grew up as a Rangers fan.

Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland grew up as a Rangers fan. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The striker scored 29 goals in 35 appearances for the Terrors before the season was halted due to the global health crisis, as he helped them to secure promotion.

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United want the player to stay for their first season back in the Premiership but Asghar admits they will consider any offers that are tabled.

“If bids come in, we’ll have to look at them,” he told BBC Scotland. “[We’ll assess] the situation financially, whether it’s going to help the club long term. [These are] strange times, but ultimately we definitely want to hold on to him.

“Lawrence has two years left on his contract and I know he is really happy where he is. He is looking forward to playing for us in the Premiership.

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“It will be interesting how the market is going to play. Everyone says there will be no transfer signings; I don’t see that. Clubs are always going to try to enhance their squad and sign players.”

Shankland celebrates scoring for Scotland against San Marino. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict

After signing on a free transfer from Ayr United last summer, Shankland was the difference for Dundee United in the Championship in the season just past.

The 24-year-old looked on another level at times and netted with remarkable consistency, with a three-game drought before the suspension of football his longest such run all season.

Rangers were apparently looking at the Scotland international back in September and given his allegiances to the club, they would surely have an initial advantage over others in terms of negotiations.

However, while Asghar may be forced to listen to offers, there’s little chance of him parting with his prized asset on the cheap, even in these times.

He’s certainly more of a natural goalscorer than Florian Kamberi – who is currently waiting to see if he’ll be offered a permanent deal by the Gers – but it’s possible that a move for someone like Shankland would only be considered this summer if Alfredo Morelos leaves the club.

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