Ayr United have warned any prospective January suitors for Lawrence Shankland that they will only accept deals that contain a loan back clause until the end of the season, as per Wales Online.
Manager Ian McCall has made the demand in order to keep the striker – who has 28 goals across all competitions this season, at a rate of better than a goal a game – at the club and to warn off clubs who want him as a quick fix this term.
Rangers are among the clubs reportedly in the hunt for his signature and they have already shown a willingness to look beyond the current window with their business so far.
They have already tied up pre-contract agreements for Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara, to ensure that they will be even stronger in Steven Gerrard’s second season in charge at Ibrox.
Shankland would be another building block for the future for Rangers. The arrival of Jermain Defoe should alleviate their immediate scoring concerns and allows for longer-term swoops like the 23-year-old would be.
The process of reeling in Celtic is a long one but if the Gers come off the back of a hotly-contested title race – which they are currently more than capable of winning in any case – by bringing in three of Scottish football’s hottest talents right at the top of the summer window, it will send a real statement across town.
McCall’s demands may put a lot of clubs off, but for Rangers, it could work out perfectly.