Dundee United manager not interested in selling Lawrence Shankland

Celtic have been linked with Lawrence Shankland for quite some time now. The Scot has been in brilliant form this season, scoring 24 goals in as many appearances for Dundee United. And with both Griffiths and Bayo struggling to find form or fitness through the first part of the season, it should come as no surprise if the Hoops are indeed interested in him.

But with Dundee United looking set to be promoted to the Premiership at the end of this season with a 17 point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship at the time of writing, it is unlikely that Shankland’s value will go down if they end up holding on to him. Selling him though could actually put their great form in jeopardy and that is something that they will be looking to avoid at all costs.

Thus, Dundee United manager Robbie Nielson does not sound interested in letting the Scottish international leave in this transfer window despite the constant rumours linking him with the Scottish champions. Speaking with the Daily Record, Nielson said:

“Lawrence is a good player. It wasn’t just his class with the goal it was his link play. He’s so fluid on the ball.

“It was great for him to get his goal. I think he will still be here in February although today’s not going to help us.

“I’ve said for a long time that getting promoted is more valuable to us than selling one of our key players. I’m expecting him to be here until the end of the season and what happens beyond that will be dependent on what offers come in.”

Celtic have already signed Patryk Klimala in this transfer window and Leigh Griffiths will also be looking to return to his best. Thus, there might not actually be a need for Lawrence Shankland at Parkhead despite how good he has been this season.

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Sourav Mahanty is a staff reporter on The Celtic Star providing readers with the latest news stories as they break.

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