Ibrox Exclusive: Rangers have big advantage over Celtic in bid to sign 24-yr-old - pundit claim

Alan Hutton suggests that Rangers have a big advantage over Glasgow rivals Celtic in the hunt to sign Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland this season.

The former Gers star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 24-year-old looks to have stepped up his game in the Championship and that his Scotland call-up is well deserved after his form this season.

Football Insider have revealed that the Light Blues have already launched scouting missions for the Dundee United hitman this season, while Celtic have also been reported to have been keeping tabs on his performances throughout the campaign.

With Shankland having confirmed he was on Rangers’ books as a youngster, suggesting he had “unfinished business” at Ibrox, and that he used to watch them at Ibrox, Hutton says he thinks the Gers could be in pole position.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s just been called up to the Scotland squad which just shows what he’s been doing, he’s scored a lot of goals and deserves the chance. I heard there was interest from Rangers in him at the start of the season, they must see something in him over the past year or so.

“I’m expecting big things from him and hopefully he can produce. I used to see this all the time – every player Rangers were linked with, Celtic were also and vice versa. It’s no different here.

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“I think it will come down to who does he support, that will be a key factor. (On him watching Rangers as a kid) There you go. I think that tells you everything.”

Shankland has netted 15 goals in just 12 appearances across all competitions this season, with the former Ayr United man failing to net in just one of his league outings.

He scored 34 times for Ayr during the 2018/19 campaign before leaving on a free transfer for Dundee United.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club have offered £20,000-a-week to international ace as talks underway on out-of-window deal.