Craig Beattie has told Open Goal’s Keeping The Ball On The Ground podcast that he believes Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland is better suited to Celtic, than he is Rangers with both Old Firm sides linked.
Shankland, 24, scored his first goal for Scotland during the international break after Steve Clarke gave a him a somewhat surprising call-up. He tapped home from close range after being handed a start against San Marino.
Shankland scored 34 goals in 41 games for Ayr in 2018-19 before joining Dundee United, where he has netted 15 goals in 13 games. The Scottish Sun claim both Rangers and Celtic want Shankland, while the Shields Gazette say he is worth £2million.
Former Celtic striker Beattie believes Shankland is a better fit for Neil Lennon’s side than he is Rangers, with the Scottish champions more in need of a striker than Steven Gerrard’s side according to Beattie.
“Celtic need a striker,” Beattie said. “I think he’s good enough for Celtic. I think he suits Celtic’s style more than Rangers. The way [Alfredo] Morelos plays, he creates a lot of the chances and makes a lot of the goals himself.
“Whereas Celtic are more creative in the final third with their wide players. I think he would be more suited and think he could quite easily come into Celtic and do a job there.”
TBR’s view – Beattie is right, Celtic need Shankland more than Rangers
Odsonne Edouard is a superb striker and one that is more than adept at playing in the best leagues in Europe. But other than the young Frenchman, Celtic have little else to offer up front.
Vakoun Bayo is nowhere near the success that Celtic fans had hoped he would be, while it remains to be seen whether Leigh Griffiths will make an impact this term. The Hoops need Shankland more than Rangers.