Lawrence Shankland Has Been Offered a Lucrative New Contract at Hearts Amid Interest From Rangers

Hearts have extended a “lucrative” new contract to star forward Lawrence Shankland, making him the highest-paid player at Tynecastle in over a decade, as reported by the Edinburgh Evening News.

The announcement comes amidst keen interest from Rangers in acquiring the services of the 28-year-old Scotland international. The Edinburgh Evening News revealed on Monday that Hearts are aware of multiple clubs in Scotland and England expressing interest in signing Shankland. However, the Jambos have made it clear that they have no intention of parting ways with their captain unless a bid of “several million pounds” is tabled.

Sources suggest that Rangers now face a critical juncture in their pursuit of Shankland, with Hearts signaling a desire to retain their star player. The reported contract offer adds urgency to Rangers’ efforts, as securing Shankland’s signature could prove challenging if he commits to a long-term deal with Hearts.

While the Edinburgh side has communicated their intentions to the forward, the decision ultimately lies with Shankland regarding his commitment to the club. With his current contract set to expire in 2025, Rangers find themselves in an opportune moment to negotiate a deal. If the prolific striker were to sign a new contract, his market value would likely rise, and Hearts would be under no pressure to sell.

Despite recently securing Fabio Silva on loan from Wolves, Rangers manager Philippe Clement is reportedly keen on bolstering his forward options. Signing a proven talent like Shankland, who boasts an impressive record of 18 goals in 28 matches this season, could significantly enhance Rangers’ chances of clinching trophies during the ongoing campaign. The situation is poised delicately, with Rangers needing to act swiftly to secure Shankland’s services before a potential contract extension.