The pair will link up this week as Steve Clarke’s men face matches against Cyprus and Kazkhstan. Alongside Oliver McBurnie, the pair will make up the Scotland frontline.
Shankland says that Naismith is one player he is looking forward to working with.
He told the Daily Record (page 42, 11/11/19): “Naisy is obviously back and he’s aiming to get his 50th cap. I hope Naisy is barking at me because he’ll be trying to help me. That’s the kind of player he is.
“He’s a top international player. If I can learn from him this week it’ll be great. I know it’s going to be tough but all I can do is work hard in training and show what I can do.
“If the chance comes up again to play I’ll be ready.”
Shankland will look for another chance whilst Naismith hunts for Scotland cap 50
This international break could be one of significance for Naismith. Should he appear for Scotland, it’ll be his 50th appearance in the navy shirt, a fantastic achievement.
Shankland meanwhile will be looking to build on his first two appearances last month against Russia and San Marino in which he opened his Scotland account.
The matches against Cyprus and Kazakhstan don’t mean anything in terms of qualification points, but both strikers will look to prove they can be Scotland’s main striker ahead of the Euro 2020 play-offs next year.
Shankland at least seems keen to learn from the experienced Hearts forward this week.