Shankland’s hoping the floodgates have opened
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