Hearts Places £5 Million Price Tag for Lawrence Shankland, Urges Ignoring Lowball Rangers Bids

Hearts fans are holding their breath amid swirling rumours of a potential January transfer for star striker Lawrence Shankland. Lee McCulloch threw fuel on the fire, suggesting a bargain-basement £1 million fee for the prolific marksman, but Hearts are likely aiming much higher.

McCulloch’s opinion on the matter is clear, stating, “Rangers should pay just over £1 million.” Yet, Hearts’ valuation of their talismanic striker seems to be significantly higher, with McCulloch acknowledging that Hearts will likely want £2.5 million for Shankland. The disparity between the suggested offer and the expected asking price sets the stage for a potential negotiation showdown between the two clubs.

Rangers have the freedom to offer any amount they wish, Hearts are unlikely to settle for anything less than their perceived value of the player, possibly up to £5 million. The financial stakes are high, especially if Hearts can secure third place in the Premiership, granting them entry into the European group stage—a feat they narrowly missed out on this season.

Shankland’s impact on Hearts’ offensive prowess is emphasized, as the 28-year-old striker has netted an impressive 12 goals, making him the leading scorer for the team. The concern is palpable as the rest of the squad has struggled to find the back of the net, with no other player scoring in over a month.

While the potential interest from Rangers remains unsubstantiated at this stage, Philippe Clement is seeking to strengthen the center-forward position. However, the club appears reluctant to pay over the odds and is reportedly exploring loan options.

This cautious approach by Rangers is seen as advantageous to Hearts, as they would be in a position to reject any lowball offer that may come their way from Glasgow.