The highlight of Dundee United’s 2-2 draw with St Johnstone on Tuesday night was undeniably a moment of magic form United striker Lawrence Shankland.
With United trailing 2-1, Shankland produced a unique moment of skill to earn the Tannadice club a point.
He had the ball on the halfway line, and having spotted Zander Clark off his line, he lobbed the ball over his head and into the net. It was a remarkable goal.
Shankland might not have scored as many goals as he would have liked this season. The goal was his fourth of the season. However, the strike showed just how instinctive a striker he can be.
Unsurprisingly, United boss Micky Mellon was thrilled with the goal.
“It was a special goal. He just knows where the goal is, and he struck it so cleanly” he said (the Courier).
“I’m pleased I’ve seen it. I don’t know how you measure great goals, but this one was certainly fantastic. Everyone should be celebrating what was a fantastic moment” he concluded.
The goal should give Shankland plenty of confidence going forward this season. Who knows, Scotland manager Steve Clarke might also have been impressed with the goal.
Shankland must have a chance of getting into the Scotland squad for the European Championship with finishes like the one against St Johnstone.
For the moment though, you imagine that the player will only be concentrating on his own game. At the end of the season though, he might well reflect on the goal as the best of his career so far. That is how good the goal was.