John McGinn gives verdict on reported Celtic and Rangers target Lawrence Shankland

John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates his goal with Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019...

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

Lawrence Shankland is seen during a training session at Oriam on October 07, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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.

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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.

Fyodor Kudryasov (L) of Russia in action against Lawrence Shankland (R) of Scotland during the UEFA 2020 Qualifying round - Group I soccer match of Russian and Scotland at Luzhniki stadium...

“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.

30th November 2018, Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Championship football, Dundee United versus Ayr United; Lawrence Shankland of Ayr United shrugs off the challenge of Rachid...

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