Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland says he will only consider leaving the Championship club if his team are promoted back to the Premiership.
The 24-year-old was reportedly scouted by both Celtic and Rangers as he scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 win against Morton on Saturday, and when asked about the interest, the forward replied:
“If people are watching me this season then I’m obviously doing my job. And scoring goals will always attract attention. But I have a job to do here this season. I signed for three years with United in the summer – and that’s what I’m committed to. If and when I do leave, I want United to be in the Premiership. That was part of my objective when I came here.”
Shankland’s comments appear to rule out a January move, although much may depend on whether the Old Firm clubs are prepared to match Dundee United’s valuation of the player.
The forward has been called into the Scotland squad by manager Steve Clarke after his fine start to the season, and reports in England suggest that Shankland could fetch as much as £2m; a fee which may deter any bidders.
Considering Celtic already have Odsonne Edouard, Vakoun Issouf Bayo and Leigh Griffiths to call upon, it seems highly unlikely that the Hoops would consider making a move for another striker.