Date: 24th March 2019 at 9:46pm
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Celtic are interested in signing Ayr United forward Lawrence Shankland, according to The Daily Star.

Shankland has been in phenomenal form for the Scottish Championship play-off hopefuls, scoring 31 goals this season, building upon a 27 goal haul last term.

It’s clear he’s a rising star in the Scottish game, much in the same way Leigh Griffiths once was, even if the jury is still out on whether he can replicate that kind of scoring form in the top-flight.

His performances have caught the attention of some big clubs though with The Star reporting that not only are Celtic interested, but also Rangers, Sunderland, Swansea and Hull.

The 23-year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season and there appears to be a race on to secure his future on the cheap.

Should the Hoops make a move for him? Given there is no major fee involved it seems pretty risk-free to me and could give us extra depth in attack after the departure of Oliver Burke and Timo Weah back to their parent clubs.

He may not be a glamorous signing, but with the right coaching and development he could in time become an effective one.