Lawrence Shankland Contemplates Exit from Hearts Amidst Contract Dispute

Hearts’ attempts to secure the continued services of striker Lawrence Shankland have hit a roadblock, with the player reportedly unswayed by the club’s latest contract offer. The Scottish Sun revealed on Friday that despite an impressive performance by the 28-year-old at the onset of the Scottish Premiership campaign, the proposed new contract features only a marginal wage increase.

Shankland, a pivotal figure for Hearts, seems inclined to reject the contract extension. Sources suggest that if the club wishes to retain their skipper amid growing interest from Rangers in a January transfer, they will need to substantially elevate their wage offer. The ball is now in Hearts’ court to “up the ante” if they hope to secure the Scottish international’s commitment.

While Hearts have maintained that they have not received any bids for Shankland this month, speculation continues to link him with a move to Rangers. The Ibrox club, currently facing a shortage of firepower, could find Shankland a valuable addition to their squad. The 28-year-old’s desire for a move to Rangers appears increasingly evident, as his actions align with previous suggestions of his interest in joining the Ibrox side.

In the financial realm, Rangers seemingly possess the means to outbid Hearts, especially in terms of wage demands. It is anticipated that the Light Blues could effortlessly match or even surpass the offer presented to Shankland by Hearts. As the transfer window progresses, all eyes are on whether Hearts can meet the escalating demands of their star player or if Rangers will successfully lure Shankland to Ibrox before the January window closes.