The Scottish Premiership

Lawrence Shankland exit from Dundee United confirmed

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Shankland has a number of Scotland caps
Shankland has a number of Scotland caps / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Lawrence Shankland has left Dundee United for Belgian side Beerschot in a £1m deal.

Shankland has been in good form for the Terrors over the past few seasons and has earned four Scotland caps, scoring one goal.

News of his imminent departure was first reported by 90min on Tuesday. A string of other clubs were interested too, including Barnsley, Blackburn, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Wigan, Rotherham and Ipswich.

However, somewhat surprisingly, Shankland will instead be plying his trade in Belgium's Jupiler Pro League next season with Beerschot announcing his signing on Tuesday.

"Lawrence is a real goal thief and the kind of striker that every team can use," technical manager Sander Van Praet said in a press release. "He is only 26 and still has room for growth. In the Scottish league he already showed his worth. He is a real killer in the box.

"We had been working on Lawrence for a long time. He came into the sights of Beerschot through United World scouting. The fact that we can attract a boy with experience on the international stage makes us very happy."

Shankland, who has already scored close to 150 goals in his career, added: "Hopefully I can continue that good series here. I hope to be able to contribute to the team as soon as possible."

The striker's best season was the 2019/20 campaign. At the time Dundee United were plying their trade in the Scottish Championship and Shankland helped fire them to promotion with 28 goals in 33 games in all competitions.

Newly-promoted Beerschot will be hoping the striker can improve their fortunes. After three league games they currently sit bottom of the table on just one point. Shankland will not be the only Scot playing in the Jupiler Pro League this season, with Jack Hendry - a previous target for Leicester - currently at Oostende.