Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland is keeping his feet on the ground after earning his first call-up to the Scotland National Team.
The prolific United striker was named in Steve Clarke’s squad for upcoming qualifiers against Russia and San Marino, and Shankland is understandably delighted at the news.
“It is obviously an honour to receive my first call-up,” he said.
“And it is something that I have obviously been working hard to get, and I’m just delighted that it has come.”
He also revealed that he was surprised to have been called-up, as it was not something he was expecting at this stage in his Dundee United career.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” he said.
“As I said, I am just delighted to get it, and to be involved in the squad.”
Plying his trade in the second tier of Scottish football means that it would, on paper at least, appear unlikely that he would have been given the chance to show what he can do on the international stage. However, Shankland believes that anyone who is performing well enough should be considered, regardless of the league they play in.
“If you are performing well then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be looked at,” he said.
“I can only play at the level I am asked to play at, and thankfully enough I have been doing my job.
As to why he thinks he has been doing so well? Shankland puts the credit to the system employed by head coach Robbie Neilson, and his teammates who create the chances for him to score.
“An attacking formation and an attacking team creating a lot of chances is always good for a striker like myself,” he said.
“And I just need to get myself into positions and thankfully the chances have been going in and I have been converting them.”
With his scintillating form and further raised profile, fear has begun to set in amongst some Dundee United supporters that Shankland could be the subject of transfer moves in January, but the player himself isn’t focused on that and is happy to have a three-year deal at Tannadice.
“It has not crossed my mind at all to be honest,” he said.
“I signed three-years when I came here in the summer, so…I am looking to spend my time here.
If Shankland plays for Scotland he will be the first United player to be capped for the national team since Andrew Robertson made his debut in 2014.