Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Dundee United hoping striker Lawrence Shankland can score all season long

Lawrence Shankland celebrates his winner.
Lawrence Shankland celebrates his winner.

Dundee United’s Paul McMullan is praying that Lawrence Shankland can keep scoring all the way to May.

McMullan set Shankland up for the first of his two dramatic goals that earned the Tangerines a barely deserved victory over Arbroath at Tannadice on Saturday.

The excellent Lichties had been leading until the 88th minute but found themselves somehow 2-1 down a couple of minutes into stoppage-time thanks to Shankland’s number 11 and 12 of the season.

McMullan is hoping the striker can keep producing his magic and help secure promotion for the Tangerines.

He said:  “Lawrence has scored 12 already and we are not even in October.

“Hopefully, he can keep it going.

“That’s why the club brought him here.

“That what they felt we needed and hopefully he continues to score like that for the whole season.”

McMullan admitted that Shankland is one of the best goalscorers he has played with.

He added: “He is right up there, yes.

“He has all the finishes and it can be left foot, right foot or the head – it doesn’t really matter.

“I was probably surprised that we signed him and ‘relieved’ would be another word I would use.

“Thankfully he is here and didn’t go to a Premiership club or elsewhere.

“He is a natural goalscorer and someone who finishes off all your good work.

“You can pass the ball around the park for 90 minutes all you want but if don’t have someone to score then you don’t win games.

“Having someone up there who does that makes all the difference.”

Meanwhile, Arbroath were left to curse Shankland’s clinical finishing.

Midfielder James Murphy said: “Their striker took his chances well but maybe we switched off at the wrong time.

“Football matches last for 90 minutes, and you have to do your job for the full 90.

“Maybe we were tired but he took his chances well and we were punished.

“That’s what he does best. I felt like he was pretty quiet for most of the game but he got two chances and scored with both of them.

“That’s why he is the leading scorer in the league right now.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]