Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland has praised the travelling fans who took in Saturday afternoon’s 4-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Just under 1600 Arabs made the trip to Glasgow, and they were given plenty to shout about by Robbie Neilson’s men.

Neilson’s side ran out comfortable winners in Glasgow. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Shankland gave United the lead in the 38th minute with a header from a Nicky Clark corner, and then after Adrian Sporle double the advantage on the stroke of the interval, the 24-year-old cashed in in the second half.

His second goal was a brilliant solo effort, firing into the bottom right corner on the hour mark after cutting in from the left, while his third was a clinical piece of finishing. Arriving into the box at pace, Shankland controlled Peter Pawlett’s cutback with one touch, before firing into the far corner with his left foot.

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The Scotland international sped towards the away section to celebrate his perfect hat-trick and he had high praise for the supporters after the game.

Shankland now has 25 goals in 26 appearances for club and country this season. (Photo by Paul Harding – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“It’s great, obviously it’s a massive support coming down here today,” he said. “I think that kind of shows what this club is all about, you know, we’re a big club and we probably deserve to be going where we’re going.”

“When they travel in numbers like that, it’s important you send them home happy and give them a performance.

“You know you’ve got a little bit of pressure from that and at the end of the day, you’re just delighted to get the win and to see them all singing at the end, it’s great.”

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