Everton join Celtic in the race to sign prolific forward with 21-goals – report

Celtic are set to face with a strong competition with Premier League club Everton FC over the signing of highly-prolific striker, according to reports.

The report is according to the Scottish Sun who claims Premier League outfits Everton are keeping an eye on Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland as the Scotland international continues to shine north of the border and is also said to be on their bitter rivals Rangers FC wishlist.

The 24-year-old joined Dundee United in the summer on the back of 61 goals from 73 games for Ayr United – and has continued his brilliant form at Tannadice for Dundee United 21 goals to his name this season for the Tangerines.

Shankland’s red-hot form has not gone unnoticed both in Scotland and in England. Reports says  Championship sides Queens Park Rangers and FC Brentford are strongly interested in his signature, while Rangers and Celtic are actively monitoring his progress.

In the Premier League, the likes Everton, Newcastle United and Norwich City are also said to be keen recruiting him this winter’s transfer month.

Shankland – who got called up by Steve Clarke to the Scotland national team despite currently plying his trade in the Scottish second division  and scored in his first start – has a contract at Dundee United that runs until the summer of 2022.

Shankland prowess in front of goal cannot be shy away from. The striker is a while lot better than the second tier of Scottish football.

It was a surprise to many see Shankland remain in the Championship to join Dundee United after scoring so many goals with Ayr United.

For Shankland going from the Scottish Championship to the Premier League is an enormous step up, and one that could be too big at once for the 24-years-old. Perhaps a move to the Scottish Premiership with Celtic FC before Everton would be wise.

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