Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland has opened up on his wonder strike against St Johnstone. The striker scored from around 50 yards with an outrageous lob over St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark.
The goal will be remembered for years to come, and Shankland seems a certainty to win goal of the season in Scotland. He might even win the Puskas Award the next time that is voted for.
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) January 13, 2021
The game ended 2-2, but what will live long in the memory is Shankland’s goal.
Hailed part played by teammate
Now Shankland has detailed the thought process behind the goal. He didn’t have the chance to look up before the hit the shot, his effort on goal was based on pure instinct. He also paid tribute to the part played by Louis Appere in the goal.
“I’d had a glance at the keeper’s position a few times as the ball went up the pitch. He was quite far off” he said (Dundee United Twitter).
“Had an idea”
“I didn’t have a chance to look, I had an idea he might have been off his line. It was a good touch from big Louis (Appere) it was sitting nice, and I just thought ‘why not?’ and I’m glad I did” he said.
Shankland admitted that it would have been better to score the goal at a full Tannadice. However, he was still happy to score the spectacular with no fans in attendance.
“Of course it would have been great, but to be honest I’m happy to do it in front of a few cardboard cutouts. If you are going to score goals like that you have got to be happy with it” Shankland said.