Lawrence Shankland could be heading to a “sleeping giant”, according to Ayr United boss Ian McCall, with the obvious question being – is that Nottingham Forest?

The Reds certainly fall into that category.

A slumber on Trentside is approaching the 20-year mark.

It is going to take some serious shaking to awaken them.

Several alarm clocks, a pint of coffee and a full English wouldn’t go amiss.

Oh, and another new frontman.

That is where Shankland comes in.

Speculation surrounding the 23-year-old has raged for some time.

Forest have been prominent throughout, as covered by the Scottish Sun.

More transfer talk has surfaced heading into the summer, with Shankland’s current boss acknowledging that a move may be imminent.


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McCall has told BBC Scotland of a man with 63 goals across the last two seasons: “He has to go to a club where he will play.

“There may be the option of a very, very big club, but would he play there every week, to take that next step and kick on again?”

He added: “One of them, it’s a club in Scotland and you need to be really mentally strong.

“There are a couple of pretty sizeable clubs in England where I’m pretty sure he would play. One in particular would suit him, a sleeping giant type club.

“He has three now to choose from.”

Are Forest that giant?

And would Shankland by a welcome addition?

McCall has said of his qualities: “He scores goals with his right foot from 25 yards, with his left foot from 20 yards, he scores tap-ins, headers. He’s so fit and strong. I’m not even sure if he’s best as a number nine or number 10.

“He’s not even close to how good he could be.

“Technically, people don’t realise what he’s got. He can drop off, find passes with left or right foot that gifted midfielders see. Or he can play right up in the box. It doesn’t matter where it falls to him, he can create space for himself in a second.”

Manager talks up saleable asset – no shocks there.



Shankland ticks plenty of boxes for Forest, though, and plenty of their rivals.

The most obvious issue concerns a step up the career ladder.

We may be talking Championship to Championship here, but the English version is an entirely different beast to its Scottish equivalent.

Being prolific in the second tier north of the border offers no guarantees of similar success south of it.

That, though, is what scouting networks are for.

If Forest really are keen, then you would hope that Shankland has been watched on several occasions.

Should he have shown enough to suggest that he is worth a punt, then why not make a move?

The Reds are giants (in our eyes, at least).

And they are definitely asleep.

Shankland could be an option – one of several required – to help bring Forest screaming back to life.

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