Player reportedly on Ibrox radar nets in international hammering
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Rangers-linked Lawrence Shankland scores maiden Scotland goal

Rangers-linked Lawrence Shankland scored his first international goal on Sunday night at Hampden Park.

Having made his debut in Moscow just a few days previous, the 24-year-old was named in Steve Clarke’s Scotland starting XI to take on San Marino.

Scotland’s latest no.9 controls the ball at a rain-soaked national stadium. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In horrible Glasgow conditions, the team temporarily kept the critics at bay by winning 6-0.

Alerted by his prolific scoring exploits for Dundee United, for whom he has 15 goals in 14 appearances this season, both Rangers and Celtic reportedly scouted the striker last month [Daily Record].

That revelation brought a mixed response from Bears, though, with some citing Nicky Clark as an example that goals in the lower leagues don’t necessarily mean a player could cut it at Ibrox.

Kris Boyd then criticised his selection for the national team, bemoaning a dearth of top-level Scottish qualified strikers [Scottish Sun].

Despite all the chatter surrounding him right now, though, Shankland delivered on Sunday night.

After a fine save stopped him from scoring in the first half, he got his goal in the 65th minute.

Shankland celebrates making it 4-0 to the Scots. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He reacted first after a wicked Scott McTominay effort came back off the bar, controlling the ball before stroking into a gaping goal.

Scoring against the world’s worst team is hardly proof that Shankland has the quality to be a Ger down the line.

However, it’s an international goal nonetheless and it justified Clarke’s decision to select him.

A better idea of his ability might be gained if he’s called-up next month to face Cyprus and Kazakhstan. Plenty of Bears still need convincing he’d be worth pursuing, but there’s little doubt he knows where the goal is.

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