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Celtic: Craig Beattie says Lawrence Shankland would be a good fit for the Hoops

Celtic: Craig Beattie says Lawrence Shankland would be a good fit for the Hoops

Former Celtic striker Craig Beattie believes that Dundee United target man Lawrence Shankland would be a good fit for the Hoops.

The 24-year-old, who scored his first Scotland goal in the weekend win over San Marino, has attracted scouts from both Celtic and Rangers in recent weeks, as reported by the Daily Record.

Speaking on Si Ferry’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground podcast [via Evening Times], Beattie said that Shankland would be better suited to the green and white side of Glasgow given their creativity in the final third.

He told Keeping the Ball on the Ground [via Evening Times]: “I think he’s good enough for Celtic and he suits Celtic’s style more than Rangers’.

“The way [Alfredo] Morelos plays he creates a lot of chances and makes a lot of his goals himself. Whereas Celtic are a bit more creative in the final third with their wide players and [Ryan] Christie.

“I think he’d be more suited to Celtic and he could quite easily go into Celtic and do a job there.”

When looking at the respective goal involvements of the Celtic and Rangers squads, Beattie is correct in saying that the Hoops provide greater creativity from their wingers and attacking midfield players.

Right-winger James Forrest has been their leading assists provider this season with nine, with centre-forward Odsonne Edouard and attacking midfielder Christie setting up five goals each. Left-winger Mikey Johnston is next on the list with four assists to his name, while fellow wide players Jonny Hayes, Lewis Morgan and Mohamed Elyounoussi each have two. [via TransferMarkt]

In contrast, two of Rangers’ three top assists providers are full-backs, with centre-forward Morelos also in the top three. The only wingers in Steven Gerrard’s squad with two or more assists are Sheyi Ojo (four) and Jordan Jones (two). [via TransferMarkt]

Celtic also seem to have a better spread of goals across their squad than Rangers have. The Hoops’ top three scorers this term – Christie (11), Edouard (nine) and Forrest (seven) each occupy different positions, while five more wingers or midfield players have scored at least twice. [via TransferMarkt]

The bulk of Rangers’ goals come from the centre-forward duo of Morelos (14) and Jermain Defoe (12), with only two midfielders or wingers scoring more than once this season. [via TransferMarkt]

Celtic appear to have a greater abundance and balance of creative attacking players going by those figures, which supports Beattie’s claims.

Shankland has been in tremendous form for Dundee United this season, scoring 13 goals in just eight Championship games, although some may question whether he could be a potent scorer at Premiership level – he failed to find the net in 17 top-flight games for Aberdeen in 2014/15, but he was only a teenager then and has since developed considerably as a player.

Celtic’s abundance of creativity from the wings and attacking midfield areas could supply him with plenty of ammunition if he ends up at Parkhead, as Beattie has suggested.

Celtic fans, do you agree with Beattie’s view that Shankland would suit the Hoops better than Rangers? Comment below with your views!

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