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Verdict: Lawrence Shankland picks up where he left off in Dundee United goal blitz

Lawrence Shankland gets ready to make it 1-0.
Lawrence Shankland gets ready to make it 1-0.

Lawrence Shankland grabbed another hat-trick as Dundee United hammered Morton 6-0 at Tannadice.

The super striker simply picked up where he had left off the previous weekend to ensure his team stayed at the top of the Championship on goal difference from Ayr United.

Shankland was the hero seven days earlier when two late counters clinched a comeback win against Arbroath.

Fast forward a week and he was at it again against the Greenock men, finding the net within a minute before putting the Tangerines 2-0 up with just five on the clock.

That meant he scored four times in roughly 10 minutes spread across two different fixtures.

He found the net in the second half, too, to claim a hat-trick with his 13th league goal and 15th in all competitions.

Before that third Shankland strike, Paul McMullan had made it 3-0 to the hosts three minutes before half-time.

United then had what would have been a wonderful overhead kick goal from Peter Pawlett chalked off for offside on 54 minutes.

Shankland couldn’t stay out of the spotlight for long, though, and grabbed his hat-trick two minutes later when he tied Morton’s Stephen Welsh in knots inside the box before squeezing his shot in at an angle to make it 4-0.

All that was left for Shankland to do was leave the stage to great applause when he was replaced by sub Louis Appere.

McMullan grabbed his second and United’s fifth on 80 minutes when he sent a precise, angled drive into the net from the right side of the box.

As if that wasn’t enough, sub Logan Chalmers hung in the air well before nodding in United’s sixth with six minutes left.

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