According to a report, both Celtic and Rangers were watching Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland this weekend (Daily Record).

It claims Celtic and Rangers scouts Tosh McKinlay and Billy McLaren respectively were both at Tannadice watching the ex-Ayr United forward play against Morton.

Shankland has netted five hat-tricks since last season. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Shankland is on a run of hot form, netting 15 goals in 12 games this term.

United can’t afford to lose Shankland to Celtic, Rangers or anybody

After firing 34 goals last season, Shankland wouldn’t have been short on suitors during the summer following his Ayr exit. It was puzzling for some to understand why he opted to stay in the Championship.

He’s gone from strength to strength since though and now he is attracting interest just months into his Tayside stint.

A key asset. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Celtic and Rangers scouts picked the right day to watch Shankland as he netted a hat-trick against the Ton, his second of the season.

Both of these clubs were reportedly keen on him during the summer (The Chronicle). They may rue the chance to not go for him now, as the Tangerines will rightly demand a high fee for the striker.

Whatever happens, United can’t afford to lose him at all. Shankland could single handedly fire them to the Championship title they are already favourites for and won’t want to lose him just months into his Tannadice stay.

Manager Robbie Neilson won’t want to lose Shankland (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

United will be hoping any interest doesn’t turn into formalised bids from either of the Glasgow sides.

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