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Scott McKenna praises the improved Celtic & Rangers linked Lawrence Shankland

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland vies with Luca Cenoni of San Marino during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Lawrence Shankland has been the talk of the town for some time now as reported interested parties Celtic and Rangers would have been impressed by his recent Scotland performance.

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland vies with Luca Cenoni of San Marino during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in Glasgow,...

Scott McKenna has heaped praise on reported Celtic and Rangers target Lawrence Shankland and the transformation he has made to his game.

The Daily Record previously claimed that both Celtic and Rangers have scouted the Dundee United striker, who scored on his first start for Scotland over the weekend. 

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Steve Clarke's side put six past minnows San Marino in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday, with Shankland, 24, producing a very healthy display in front of his home fans. 

 

Centre-back McKenna played alongside the much sought-after Shankland during their time at Aberdeen, and speaking to Sportscene, he praised him for getting his body into 'great condition', which is now helping him put the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis.

“Me and Lawrence went full time at Aberdeen at the same time,” McKenna told Sportscene. “He has left Aberdeen, worked hard and got his body into great condition and banged in the goals.

“He has [earned] his call-up and I don't think he could have wished for his first start [for Scotland] to go any better. As Lawrence has done for most of his career is that he reacts first and puts the ball into the back of the net.”

Lawrence Shankland of Scotland is seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Scotland and San Marino at Hampden Park on October 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Shankland will now return to club action where he will be hoping to help Dundee United stay top of the Scottish Championship.

His recent Scotland outing would have no doubt have been a real confidence booster, as more goals at club level will only increase the interest in his services.

Nonetheless, the up and coming transfer window could be crucial as to who walks away with the Scottish Premiership title, with Celtic losing top spot in the Premiership before the international break.

head coach Steven Gerrard of Rangers FC looks on during the UEFA Europa League group G match between BSC Young Boys and Rangers FC at Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf on October 3, 2019 in Bern,...

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