Celtic scouts looking at Lawrence Shankland may get a good gauge of his level when Scotland take on Russia next week.
The 24-year-old was named in Steve Clarke’s national team squad on Tuesday to the surprise of many. Celtic frontman Leigh Griffiths was one of the men ignored with Shankland preferred as an option to spearhead the Scotland attack for the double header against the Russians and lowly San Marino.
Steve Clarke has announced his Scotland squad for our matches against Russia & San Marino.
Russia v 🏴: Thursday, 10 October
🏴 v San Marino: Sunday, 13 October
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 1, 2019
While the latter of those two may give Shankland a good chance to get off the mark for his country, it is the former where he may really be measured – and not just by the Tartan Army.
Celtic scouts could soon learn more about Shankland
The Daily Record recently reported that Celtic scouts had watched Shankland as he scored a hat-trick for Dundee United against Morton on Saturday. We’ve long been rumoured with a passing interest in the forward but there’s never really been a firm suggestion that we might be about to move for him. Until now.
With all due respect to David Hopkin’s side, they are not the kind of team we want to see Shankland up against. The forward has scored goals for fun in recent years but the big asterisk above his name will always be that they were at a lower level.
If he plays for the national team in Russia then we may truly get an idea of his level. The hosts are World Cup quarter-finalists so we wouldn’t expect Shankland to be a stand-out. But if there’s concrete evidence that he can cope with the step-up that may further alert Hoops officials.