Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland has said he doesn’t want to be handed the title early and wants to earn promotion with the Arabs.

The claims come as Rangers, Celtic and the rest of Scottish football bicker over what happens next after the domestic game was shut down due to the coronavirus.

With Shankland’s 28 goals the main inspiration behind Dundee United’s 14-point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship, the striker wants to see this season out before prizes are divvied up.

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Childhood bluenose Shankland has been previously linked with a move to Rangers [Daily Record]. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We were in great position but there are bigger problems in the world right now,” said Shankland [BBC Sport].

“Me personally, I want to get this league won, I wouldn’t like to be handed it. I would rather we earned our place. If they expand the league after that, fair enough.

“We were kind of stuttering our way towards the title with a wee bit of drop in form and not picking up great results. That was my main focus – to get back to winning ways.

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“Obviously this interruption has caused a wee bit of a delay to that. But hopefully when we eventually get back we can start well and get it won.”

Shankland’s comments put those of Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Parkhead captain Scott Brown into even greater perspective.

Dundee United have a greater lead than Celtic do in the Scottish Premiership and there are fewer games left to play in the Championship.

Shankland has had a fantastic few seasons in the Championship, netting goals aplenty for Ayr United and Dundee United. The striker is clear he doesn’t want to be handed a title that he has not yet earned. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Yet all of the noise coming from Celtic staff is about being awarded a title that they have not yet earned on the pitch.

Rangers are adamant that in the name of sporting integrity honours cannot be handed out early whilst Motherwell chief Alan Burrows claims finishing the season is an increasingly “unrealistic” [BBC Scotland] proposition.

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