Shank­land’s hop­ing the flood­gates have opened

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - THE SCORE - BY ANDY SKINNER

Lawrence Shank­land wants to en­sure his Scot­land goal in the 6-0 thrash­ing of San Marino is the first of many.

Shank­land net­ted on his first start for the na­tional side, hav­ing made his de­but as a half-time sub­sti­tute in the 4-0 loss to Rus­sia three days pre­vi­ously.

The goal caps a me­morable week for Dundee United for­ward Shank­land, and he says his first in­volve­ment with the se­nior na­tional side has given him the hunger to make him­self a fix­ture in Steve Clarke’s squad.

Shank­land said: “I wasn’t go­ing to ap­proach it as if I shouldn’t be here.

“I had to get in­volved and that’s what I’ve done.

“I’ve been play­ing with great play­ers and that can only make you bet­ter.

“I want to be in­volved in ev­ery squad go­ing now.

“I’m not get­ting car­ried away though. I’ll go back to my club and keep do­ing what I can and hope­fully keep up the form that got me in this squad.

“It’s Queen of the South on Satur­day down the road on their astro pitch. It might not be the most glam­orous of fix­tures but I’ll be ap­proach­ing it pro­fes­sion­ally and try­ing to help my team get a win.”

Al­though Shank­land’s goal was a re­bound from a Scott McTom­i­nay ef­fort which came off the cross­bar, Shank­land was thrilled to get off the mark at in­ter­na­tional level.

The for­mer Aberdeen for­ward said: “Just be­ing called up for the na­tional team was great.

“Then the other night against Rus­sia I came on much ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated.

“Ob­vi­ously the re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing but it was still a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me to play in a sta­dium like that in front of a mas­sive crowd.

“I knew I would get chances.

“San Marino let teams have the ball and I knew the boys would cre­ate things for me.

“It wasn’t the pret­ti­est goal I’ve ever scored but I’ll take it.

“If I didn’t score peo­ple would have been say­ing I was no good. The fact that it was San Marino was some­thing I ig­nored and thank­fully I scored any­way.”

Off the mark: Lawrence Shank­land was de­lighted to notch up his first goal for Scot­land last night

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