The Daily Record reports that Lawrence Shankland has agreed to join Dundee United.
The 23-year-old is a free agent having left Ayr United at the end of last season and is due to sign a three-year deal with the Arabs.

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This means that strangely, the prolific goalscorer is opting to remain in the Scottish Championship despite reported interest from bigger clubs elsewhere in the UK.
Shankland is a Rangers fan and both Old Firm clubs were previously touted as having an interest [Chronicle].
More persistent reports also linked him with a move south of the border. Jack Ross’ Sunderland reportedly made an offer to bring him to League One, while EFL Championship club Hull City were also said to be interested [Scottish Sun]. However, given their recent managerial upheaval, perhaps a concrete bid was never put forward.
Additionally, Dundee may well have been willing to offer the forward a longer contract than other clubs.

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Regardless, it seems odd that Shankland has decided to stay put in a league he showed himself to be too good for last season.
He netted 24 times in the second tier, as well as scoring ten times in cup competitions. In fact, he even netted four against his prospective new employers back in November. That was one of nine occasions where he scored two or more goals in a game last term.
It will be interesting to see if he can replicate that kind of form next season. If he can continue to bang them in, maybe one day he’ll secure a big move to his boyhood Rangers.

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