He’s been praised on a weekly basis it seems this season, but no wonder, is there anyone in Scotland who can stop Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland?

The forward netted another hat-trick against Morton as the Tangerines smashed the Ton 6-0 at Tannadice.

Shankland is on fire. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

A hat-trick isn’t even a big deal for him anymore, that’s his second of the season and his fifth since last year.

His exploits against the Ton helped him notch an incredible 15th goal in 12 games as the striker goes from strength to strength.

Shankland must be considered for Scotland following Dundee United form

Shankland’s a Championship cheat code. The game against Arbroath was a perfect example of this, as his side were trailing 1-0 with just minutes to spare, before he popped up with two.

‘The Shed’ will be loving Shankland’s efforts. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He was undoubtedly the best player in the league before it had even kicked off, but now that the action is well underway, you can see how much better he is than everyone else.

His movement is exceptional, too hot to handle for most Championship defences. His finishing is also deadly accurate, with Shankland scoring more than a goal game at the moment.

Last term he netted a remarkable 34 goals and there’s no reason to suggest he won’t smash 40 this year. Shankland is at 15 after just under two months of action. At this rate, he’ll hit 30 before Christmas.

He hit 34 with Ayr last year, can Shankland hit 40 with Dundee United? (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Steve Clarke must be having a look at him now. Scotland are engulfed in the midst of a striker crisis right now, it would be silly not to consider Shankland on recent form.

It would be a true test of his ability. Shankland is clearly too good for the Championship and most teams in the Premiership would take him. An international chance could give him a chance to prove his big time credentials.

For now though, Shankland will continue to score the goals that look likely to send United into the Premiership.

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