Once-Gers linked int’l in release clause claim after '£1m move' amid Ibrox links goes awry
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Once Rangers-linked £1m international striker in release clause claim

There was a time when Scotland international striker Lawrence Shankland was being tipped for a move to Ibrox – but now he’s being relegated in Belgium with Beerschot.

The former Ayr United striker was a goalscoring revelation in the Scottish Championship – scoring 61 goals in 73 games for the club – and was repeatedly linked to Ibrox during his time with the Honest Men.

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But instead Lawrence Shankland – now 26 – moved to Dundee United during their time in the Scottish second flight and helped fire the Arabs to promotion.

Once again, the ex-Aberdeen and St Mirren striker was mentioned alongside Rangers but it was a move to the continent that would transpire last summer.

Rangers-linked Lawrence Shankland suffers relegation with Beerschot

Signing for Belgian Pro League side Beerschot in a reported £1m deal [Scotsman], it was the first time Lawrence Shankland has moved abroad in his career.

But things haven’t quite worked out as planned this season and his new club have now been relegated after their 2-0 defeat to KAA Gent.

Lawrence Shankland has managed only four Pro League goals this season and his side only four Pro League wins, losing 23 out of 31 under three different managers.

But speaking to the Beerschot official website after relegation, the boyhood bluenose revealed that there’s no relegation release clause in his contract and that he plans on staying put for now.

“I signed a three-year contract at Beerschot without a release clause if we should go down,” said Lawrence Shankland [Beerschot].

“I reckon I will stay put.

“It is a brand new experience for me, my first season abroad, away from Scotland.

“Do I regret my transfer as the results are very disappointing? Not really but I must admit it’s quite frustrating losing every other week and having to fight relegation.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room has always been good.

“We lost too many games by the odd goal and individual mistakes were almost always punished by our opponents.

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“On top of that, there have been a handful of debatable decisions by the ref and VAR. But we also have to admit we underachieved on more than one occasion.”

A four-times capped Scotland international, Lawrence Shankland has one goal for his country but the once Rangers-linked forward hasn’t been called up since a round of Nations League fixtures in November 2020.

In other news, a former Rangers star has been valued at £15m with a Premier League outfit reportedly leading the pack for his signature.

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