So Lawrence Shankland has gone from the second tier of Scottish football to, erm, the second tier of Scottish football.
Despite being linked with Celtic, Swansea, Hull and countless clubs north and south of the border on the back of netting 34 goals in a remarkable campaign for Ayr United, the former Scotland U21 international will now be leading the line for Dundee United in the Championship next season.
Courier Sport claim that Shankland has agreed a three-year deal at Tannadyce. And if Shankland can replicate his stunning form in Ayr colours in the famous Tangerine shirt, expect Dundee United to cruise back to the Premiership within the next 10 months.
On paper, Dundee United’s gain is Sunderland’s loss. Or is it?
According to the Northern Echo, Sunderland offered Shankland a contract once he became a free agent at the end of the season with Jack Ross keen to reunite with his former St Mirren striker at the Stadium of Light.
And after missing out on James Wilson and Freddie Ladapo, Shankland has also seemingly spurned Sunderland’s advances to stay in Scotland.
The Black Cats are having no luck at all in the transfer market – but should they really be losing any sleep after missing out on a player from the Scottish lower leagues?
From what I've heard from someone who has watched Shankland is that he's had one decent season and even then didn't look anything flash. It's telling that he's stayed in Scotland— Carl (@Carlzinho) July 3, 2019
Everyone wetting themselves over shankland, ffs he's hardly proven at a high level. Get over and move on 2 the next 1 #safc— Dave. Pentland (@dpentl_) July 3, 2019
True but Wilson barely played for Aberdeen last year and only got fit towards the end of the season so dont really see our interest in him being genuine. Shankland if true has stayed at the level he was already at hed be guaranteed 1st team football there wouldnt have been here— Steven Elliott (@ElliottSAFC) July 3, 2019
He would've been third choice. Plus we play horrible, defensive football and don't create chances for strikers. Don't blame him.— Jord (@_wisemensay) July 3, 2019
Totally agree, if he’s willing to play in the Scottish championship makes me question how good he actually is?— LIAM GUSTARD (@liam_yasmin) July 3, 2019
If that’s the size of the kid’s ambitions then let him go - no loss to us— Steven Cook (@Scookie555) July 3, 2019
Didn't want Wilson at all the lad has done nothing in his career let's be honest, suppose if he had we'd have been nowhere near him, wasn't confident in us getting shankland tbh wasn't really bothered either if I'm being truthful didn't know much about him really #safc ⚪— Michael Airey (@airey87) July 3, 2019
If weve missed out on Wilson & Shankland then so be it whats— Steven Elliott (@ElliottSAFC) July 3, 2019
Wilson done since he scored on his man u debut 5 years ago & Shankland would have been 3rd choice to begin with had he joined. Hes went to a club where he will likely be 1st choice. Would either improve us? #SAFC
Exactly that , shankland has joined Dundee for a reason— Jake Hutchinson (@Jake_3456) July 2, 2019
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