Ally McCoist Urges Rangers to Sign Lawrence Shankland, Claims January Failure Cost Premiership Title

Former Rangers striker Ally McCoist has urged his old club to sign Hearts forward Lawrence Shankland this summer, claiming their failure to do so in January cost them the Scottish Premiership title.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, McCoist, the club’s record goalscorer, declared, “I would take” the Scotland international despite decent goal contributions from Cyriel Dessers and the returning Danilo.

With Sam Lammers’ successful loan spell at FC Utrecht likely to preclude a return to Ibrox under manager Philippe Clement, and Hamza Igamane incoming [Chris Jack, 20 June], McCoist still believes Shankland, the Hearts captain, should be a priority signing.

“Cyriel Dessers gets a lot of criticism,” McCoist admitted, “but you can’t argue with his goals. Strikers need competition, so I’m looking forward to Danilo pushing him when he’s back.”

However, McCoist cast doubt on Lammers’ return, saying, “I watched some of Sam Lammers’ goals for Utrecht, and they were fantastic, but I would be surprised if he came back now.”

He then went on to emphasize the significance of signing Shankland: “To tell the truth, I think not signing Shankland might have cost them the league. So I would take Shankland. Here’s a boy in Scotland who knows how to score against the big teams, against Celtic and Rangers. Shankland knows how to do that.”