Reported Celtic and Rangers target Lawrence Shankland made his Scotland debut in a Euro 2020 qualifier clash with Russia.

John McGinn has praised Lawrence Shankland after the reported Celtic and Rangers target made his international debut in Scotland’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Russia on Thursday night, in quotes reported by The Mail.

Shankland has been in exceptional form since joining Dundee United from second tier rivals Ayr in the summer, scoring 13 goals in eight league games and 15 in all competitions.

As a result, the Daily Record claimed that Celtic and Rangers have both sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old in action and, with a hat-trick in a 6-0 battering of Morton, the Old Firm rivals could hardly have picked a better time to run checks on the prolific centre-forward.

Shankland is now a Scotland international, picking up his first cap after replacing Oliver Burke midway through the 4-0 thrashing at Russia. And, despite the scoreline and the lack of service, McGinn was still blown away by his newest team-mate.

“I thought Lawrence Shankland was excellent when he came on at half-time,” said the Aston Villa star.

“He was really impressive and I’m sure of he keeps playing like that he’ll be involved plenty in the future.”

Shankland, who is valued at £2 million according to the Shields Gazette, will surely boost his chances of claiming the Scotland number nine shirt if he gets his big break with Celtic or Rangers in the New Year.

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