Dundee United sporting director Tony Ashgar has confirmed that Celtic target Lawrence Shankland will not be sold in the January transfer window.

The striker has been the subject of interest from both Celtic and Rangers this season following his prolific campaign in the Scottish Championship.

However according to 67 Hail Hail, Ashgar was quoted as saying in the print edition of The Sunday Post that the Tangerines will not be selling anyone in the January window.

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On top of the goals he has scored – and is still scoring – in the league, he’s been in Scotland squads, he has scored for Scotland, and we, as a club, have to be aware that interest will follow. 

But we’re in a position where we won’t be selling in January. That’s with the backing of the owners and the management group.

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It’s hardly surprising to see the Tangerines ruling out a January sale for Shankland, given how he is spearheading their push for promotion back to the Premiership.

The Scotland international has scored 19 goals in 16 league appearances thus far to help United to a 13 point lead in the Championship, and it’s no wonder Ashgar isn’t willing to let him go next month.