Many Rangers might’ve been surprised to see one-time Ibrox-linked Scotland international striker Lawrence Shankland left out of the Dundee United team today.

The former Ayr United striker has been the Arabs’ talisman in recent seasons but was not included in the squad for United’s 1-0 victory over the Gers.

Shankland, 25, is undoubtedly the Tannadice side’s most valuable asset and has reportedly been the subject of interest from Belgian club Beerschot [BBC Scotland].

Dundee United’s financial troubles have been well-documented and not only is Shankland a high-earner, but the club will recoup a transfer fee.

 

According to some reports, this could be as little as £500k – a quarter of the £2m widely reported as his valuation when the Ibrox club were linked to the boyhood bluenose by the Daily Record.

United manager Thomas Courts claimed before the Rangers clash that the player remained committed to Dundee United.

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“I’m in regular communication with Shanks just to make sure he is okay mentally and emotionally,” said Courts.

“I wouldn’t have any concerns at all about playing him. There will be a lot going on in his mind, but he is training well.”

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One-time Rangers-linked striker Lawrence Shankland could be on his way to Belgium.(Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)

Despite this, the player was left out as Dundee United secured a surprise 1-0 victory at Tannadice over a lacklustre Rangers who have yet to get going this season.

The Ibrox club so far look a shadow of the side who secured 55 last season with this result ending a 40-game unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership.

Gers fans also found themselves in rare disagreement with manager Steven Gerrard come the end of the game in Dundee.

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