Lawrence Shankland

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Lawrence Shankland
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Shankland with Scotland in 2019
Personal information
Full nameLawrence Shankland [1]
Date of birth (1995-08-10) 10 August 1995 (age 25) [2]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) [3]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Dundee United
Number 24
Youth career
2009–2012 Queen's Park
Senior career*
2012–2013 Queen's Park 34 (11)
2013–2017 Aberdeen 17 (0)
2014Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 13 (7)
2015–2016St Mirren (loan) 31 (10)
2016–2017St Mirren (loan) 17 (0)
2017Greenock Morton (loan) 16 (4)
2017–2019 Ayr United 61 (50)
2019– Dundee United 58 (32)
National team
2015 Scotland U21 4 (2)
2019– Scotland 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 13:59, 21 May 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:03, 8 October 2020 (UTC)

Lawrence Shankland (born 10 August 1995) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premiership club Dundee United and the Scotland national team.


Shankland began his career at Queen's Park before moving to Aberdeen in 2013. He played on loan with Dunfermline Athletic, St Mirren and Greenock Morton before joining Ayr United in 2017. He signed for Dundee United in 2019 and made his debut for Scotland later that year.

Club career

Queen's Park

Shankland was born in Glasgow and attended Bannerman High School in Baillieston. [4] He progressed through the Queen's Park youth system and was their top goalscorer in the 2012–13 season, having moved to the senior squad straight from the under-17 team; [5] he also worked part-time as a tool setter in a local plumbing supplies company, a position arranged by the amateur club to help their young players earn a wage. [4] He scored his first senior goal on 4 August 2012, aged 16, in a Scottish League Cup tie against Airdrieonians. [6]

Shankland signed for Aberdeen at the end of the season. [7] [8] He was one of three Queen's Park players to move to top flight Scottish clubs at that time, as Andy Robertson and Aidan Connolly signed for Dundee United. [7] [4] Blair Spittal also made the move to Dundee United a year later.


Shankland was initially placed in the Aberdeen under-20 squad, as he adjusted to full-time professional training. [8] [4] He made his debut appearance for Aberdeen in September 2014, in a 3–2 victory against Inverness CT. [9] After impressing in the under-20s, scoring plenty of goals, and making first team appearances as a substitute, Shankland signed a new contract to run until summer 2017; [10] [4] however, he was loaned to lower-division clubs for the vast majority of its duration. At the end of the 2016–17 season, Aberdeen confirmed that Shankland would be leaving the club. [11]

Dunfermline loan

He moved to Dunfermline Athletic on loan for the latter part of the 2013–14 season. [12] The 18-year-old striker scored seven league goals during his short spell in Fife; however, injury prevented him taking part in the Pars' end-of-season promotion play-off with local rivals Cowdenbeath which ended in defeat. [13]

St Mirren and Morton loans

Shankland was loaned to St Mirren in August 2015 for the rest of the 2015–16 season. [14] He scored his first goal for the Buddies in a 2–1 home defeat to Raith Rovers on 18 September 2015. [15] Shankland scored 10 goals in 32 appearances during his loan spell, and returned to Aberdeen at the end of the season. [16]

In July 2016 it was confirmed that Shankland had returned to St Mirren, on a season-long loan. [17] However, having failed to score any league goals in the first half of the season, his St Mirren deal was cut short and on 11 January 2017, he moved on loan to their rivals, fellow Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton. [18] After helping the club to a 4th-place finish, his final appearance for Morton was in the Scottish Premiership playoff defeat to Dundee United. [19]

Ayr United

In September 2017, free agent Shankland signed a short-term contract to play for Scottish League One club Ayr United until the following January. [20] On 24 March 2018 he scored a hat-trick against former club Queen's Park. [21] Ayr won the league by one point, and after finishing with 29 goals, Shankland was named as the division's PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year. [22]

He started the 2018–19 season with a hat-trick against former club Morton in the League Cup. [23] On 28 July, he scored a "stunning goal" from 45 yards as Ayr defeated Partick Thistle to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition. [24] With a goal against Dunfermline on 25 August 2018, Shankland moved to 41 goals in 42 games for the Honest Men. [25]

In November 2018, he scored four goals in a league fixture away to Dundee United which ended 5–0 and put Ayr five points clear at the top of the table. [26] However he then sustained an injury, and Ayr's form deteriorated in his absence. He returned towards the end of the season, but the team's campaign ended with defeat to Inverness CT in the opening round of the Premiership promotion play-offs, having finished in 4th position. [27] Shankland, whose total return was 34 goals in 41 games, was nominated for the division's PFA Player of the Year Award, [28] but lost out to another prolific striker, Stephen Dobbie. Both were named in the Team of the Year. [29]

Dundee United

On 3 July 2019 it was announced that Shankland had left Ayr to join fellow Championship side Dundee United on a three-year contract, turning down offers from other clubs in both England and Scotland. [30] [31] He scored on his debut for the club in a Scottish League Cup tie against Hearts on 12 July 2019, [32] and scored four goals in a 4–1 victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on the opening day of the 2019–20 Scottish Championship season. [33] Shankland was named Scottish Championship Player of the Month for August 2019, having scored eight goals in four appearances during the month. [34] The season was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland, and curtailed a month later, with Dundee United declared winners and promoted; [35] up to that point Shankland had scored 24 league goals to finish as the division's top scorer, and maintained the ratio of almost a goal-per-game he had set at Ayr, with a total of 28 from 33 appearances.

On 12 January 2021, Shankland scored with a "wonder strike" from 53 yards (48 m) to secure a 2–2 draw against St Johnstone. [36]

International career

Shankland represented Scotland under-18s in Victory Shield matches against the other home nations in 2012. [37] He was first selected for the Scotland national under-21 football team in March 2015; he made his debut away to Hungary, scoring two late goals in a 2–1 victory. He made three other under-21 appearances, also in 2015, producing one draw and two defeats. [38]

On 1 October 2019, Scotland manager Steve Clarke called up Shankland to the senior squad for the first time. [39] He won his first cap when he came on as a second-half substitute in the side's 4–0 defeat by Russia on 10 October, [40] and three days later made his first start and scored his first goal, the fourth in a 6–0 victory over San Marino at Hampden Park. [41]

Career statistics

As of 21 May 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague Scottish Cup League Cup OtherTotal
Queen's Park 2011–12 [42] Scottish Third Division 1000000010
2012–13 [43] [3] Scottish Third Division331131314 [lower-alpha 1] 24315
Aberdeen 2013–14 [44] Scottish Premiership 00000000
2014–15 [45] Scottish Premiership170000000170
2015–16 [46] Scottish Premiership0000000000
2016–17 [47] Scottish Premiership0000000000
Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 2013–14 [44] Scottish League One 137100000147
St Mirren (loan) 2015–16 [46] Scottish Championship 31101000003210
2016–17 [47] Scottish Championship17012313 [lower-alpha 2] 1244
Greenock Morton (loan) 2016–17 [47] Scottish Championship16400002 [lower-alpha 3] 0184
Ayr United 2017–18 [48] Scottish League One30263300003329
2018–19 [49] Scottish Championship312411693 [lower-alpha 4] 04134
Dundee United 2019–20 [50] Scottish Championship262422421 [lower-alpha 2] 03328
2020–21 [51] Scottish Premiership328410000369
Career total24711416101613133292140
  1. Two appearances and a goal in the Scottish Challenge Cup; two appearances and a goal in the Second Division play-offs
  2. 1 2 Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  3. Appearances in the Premiership play-offs
  4. 1 appearance in the 2018–19 Scottish Challenge Cup, 2 appearances in the Premiership play-offs

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
113 October 2019 Hampden Park, Glasgow, ScotlandFlag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 4–06–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification


Ayr United

Dundee United


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