United star's chance

In-form Shankland wins call-up to Scotland squad

Call-up: Lawrence Shankland (pic: SNS Group)

Lawrence Shankland’s blistering start to the season has earned him a place in Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for the upcoming EURO 2020 double-header against Russia and San Marino.

The Dundee United striker has already netted 15 goals in all competitions this season to help take Robbie Neilson’s Tangerines clear at the top of the Championship.

His form in front of goal has alerted a number of clubs, with Rangers among those said to be keeping tabs on the 24-year-old.

The front man’s stock will continue to rise with his recognition at international level, the first Championship player to be called up since Hibs’ John McGinn in 2017.

John Fleck could also earn his first cap as he makes the squad following a string of impressive displays in the English Premier League with Sheffield United.

The Scots face a long trip to take on the second-placed Russians on 10 October before hosting San Marino at Hampden three days later.

A disappointing qualifying campaign to date sees Clarke’s men languishing in fifth place in Group I after two wins and four defeats from their opening six games, with hope of making it out the group all but gone. Belgium lead the way on 18 points, with the Russians three points behind.

Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers: Craig MacGillivray (Portsmouth), David Marshall (Wigan Athletic), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Defenders: Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Wigan Athletic)*, Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock), Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic).

Midfielders: Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham).

Forwards: Oliver Burke (Alaves), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (AFC Bournemouth), Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City), Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United).

*On loan from Blackburn Rovers, ** On loan from West Bromwich Albion.

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