Nottingham Forest are set to rival Scottish Premiership duo Celtic and Rangers to sign hotshot Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland, according to The Scottish Sun.

The Reds sent a representative to run the rule over the ex-Ayr United striker on Friday evening and witnessed the 24-year-old bag his 19th goal of the season.

Forest are on the lookout for another striker, with Lewis Grabban the only senior marksman within their ranks. Rafa Mir joined on loan from Wolves in the summer but is still waiting for his first goal for the club.

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Having only signed him during the summer, Dundee United would rather keep Shankland as they bid to return to the Premiership. The report suggests that a bid of £2 million might prove hard to turn down, however.

The Daily Record has previously cited Rangers and Celtic with holding an interest in the Scotland international and now Forest appear to be in the race for his signature.

Shankland’s goal record at Ayr was remarkable. He smashed 61 goals in 73 appearances and from just 18 games this season he has bagged 19 times already.

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It remains to be seen whether Forest will look to show concrete interest and firm up the speculation with a bid when the transfer window reopens.

The interest from Celtic and Rangers could make a deal more tricky and it will be intriguing to see if they do make offers for Shankland.

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Make no bones about it, Forest would welcome another striker being added to their ranks.

Lewis Grabban scored his seventh goal in 14 games this season on Saturday. It would be a big risk, however, to ask him to handle the burden of scoring goals on his own.

Rafa Mir has struggled to make an impact at the City Ground and as a result, livewire Shankland could be the ideal signing.

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Some supporters would need to see the 24-year-old play in the Championship before passing any real judgment on his ability. Playing in Scotland isn’t the same as the demands of the Championship and he’d need to make his mark first.

The cynics could soon be proved wrong though. Shankland can score all different types of goals and he gets them in bucketloads.

A two-cap Scotland international, the natural goalscoring ability would make him a decent addition to the Forest ranks; whilst his age would see him fit nicely into the ethos of the football club.

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