Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland has issued a defiant statement which should put talks of a Celtic or Rangers move to bed.

A recent report said the striker, who was recently called up to the Scotland squad, was watched by Glasgow scouts over the weekend (Daily Record).

Shankland has been linked to Celtic and Rangers. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

In the wake of his national team call-up, Shankland says he signed his United deal for a reason.

He told the Daily Record: “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.

He wants to see Tannadice in the top flight. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The club has ambition to get back into the top flight and be established in that league. That’s why I signed the contract I did.”

United fans will be delighted

It seems as if Shankland hasn’t been fazed by talk of Celtic and Rangers. Instead he seems very keen to deliver Championship glory to Tannadice.

After Steve Clarke’s decision to pick him for Scotland, speculation and intense scrutiny was always destined to fall at his door and it will continue to do so.

Clarke has given him a Scotland nod. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Shankland points out though, he has signed a three-year deal in Tayside. With 15 goals in 12 games, it’s no wonder that the likes of Celtic and Rangers are seemingly interested.

That just seems to be a compliment for Shankland though. At least for now, he is fully focused on all things United.

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