Ayr United have warned any potential suitors looking to sign Lawrence Shankland that any deal to sign the player will have to include the striker returning on loan for the rest of the season.

Ian McCall, manager of the Scottish Championship side, released a statement to address the speculation surrounding the striker, as reported by Wales Online.

Having recently received yet another offer for one of our players, which at best can be described as derisory, I wish to let you all know the following facts.

There has been a number of bids for our players, however NO player will be leaving Somerset Park during this window. The only type of deal acceptable to our club would involve an immediate loan back to Ayr United.

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The likes of Celtic, Swansea, Sunderland and Rangers have all been linked with the free-scoring striker.

His performances for Ayr United have not been going unnoticed, sparking talk that a big move could be on the cards.

With the striker currently playing his football in the second tier, it had been suggested that he could be available on the cheap, but Ayr are refusing to be bullied into a deal.

Celtic have already signed Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo this month, but with the PSG youngster set to depart in the summer, Shankland could be an option for next term.

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