Scotland striker Lawrence Shankland “deserves” a big move, says Steven Thompson.
The 24-year-old has been linked with Stoke City because of his impressive form for Dundee United and Scotland this season, scoring 29 goals in 35 matches.
Former Scotland striker Thompson says he will be “amazed” if Shankland stays at Tannadice Park beyond the summer, suggesting Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers or a big English club will make a move for him.
“Lawrence was at St Mirren with me and he’s kicked on brilliantly,” he told The Courier.
“He’s always had the ability to be a really good finisher and that predatory instinct with both feet and his head.
“The one thing he didn’t always have when he was younger was the penny hadn’t dropped in terms of what it takes to be a top athlete.
“I’m not just talking about his body but mentally as well. I think now, certainly, his condition has improved.
“If you want to be a top footballer nowadays, you’ve got to devote yourself to it.
“I think he’s trying to make the best of his career now because when you’re young it’s difficult to get in that mindset.
“I’m delighted for him getting his Scotland caps and his goal record over the last few years is just incredible.
“I’ll be amazed if Dundee United hang onto him after the summer.
“I know they want to keep him but there’ll be bids coming in left, right and centre. It’s up to the club to block those bids.
“His contribution this season has been so good and, becoming an international, I don’t know if they can turn down the money for him.
“He’ll feel as though he wants to get that move to set him up a bit, too.
“Whether that’s going to the Old Firm or down south, every player wants that big break.
“He deserves that opportunity for what he’s done on a consistent basis.”