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Lawrence Shankland sets sights on return to Scotland squad

Dundee United v Celtic – Scottish Premiership – Tannadice Park
(Image credit: Jeff Holmes)

Lawrence Shankland has targeted a return to the Scotland squad in time for the World Cup qualifiers in September.

The Dundee United striker played a part in getting Steve Clarke’s side to the 2020 European Championships – the country’s first major tournament in 23 years – but did not make the squad for the finals.

Shankland, capped four times, shrugged off the disappointment to travel to Wembley to see the Scots draw 0-0 with England – their only point of the doomed group stage – and will now look to get back in the fold for the World Cup qualifiers which resume with a triple header against Denmark, Moldova and Austria.

“I have been there before and it is something I want to get back involved in,” said the 25-year-old, looking forward to the Terrors’ opening Premier Sports Cup group against Kelty Hearts on Friday night.

“If I am hitting form for my club and playing well here then I will give myself the best chance to be involved in the next camp.

“You need to stay optimistic as a player and look for opportunities to get yourself in.

“But as I said, it will all come down to my club football. If I am on form here, I will give myself the best chance to get selected.

“Obviously there was that disappointment that you weren’t there but it is something I got over pretty quickly.

“It was good to be there to support the boys and it was a positive result so it was a good night.

“Having a team to support during the Euros was a lot better than tournaments before.

“I think the boys did well at times and were unfortunate to miss out on going through which was a frustration for everybody because I thought they did well.”

New United manager Tam Courts offered his support to Shankland.

He said: “Lawrence Shankland is an international quality striker.

“He is a top level striker. Steve Clarke is well aware of his qualities and that’s what Shanks will want to produce on the pitch and almost make it unavoidable to select him.”