HEARTS quantity two Lee McCulloch reckons Lawrence Shankland has returned to Scotland a fair higher participant.
The striker joined the Gorgie outfit on a three-year deal on Wednesday following a troublesome 12 months in Belgium with Beerschot.
The Scotland worldwide solely managed 4 objectives in 26 league outings for a crew that was relegated from the Jupiler Professional League.
Nevertheless, McCulloch believes the 26-year-old’s spell overseas was removed from a waste of time.
McCulloch, who was a part of the teaching workers at Dundee United when present Hearts boss Robbie Neilson introduced Shankland to Tannadice in 2019, stated: “Is he a extra developed participant? I believe he’s. He lately had a child as effectively in order that helps individuals develop up a bit faster.
“It’s good he’s skilled totally different soccer, an actual good normal of soccer overseas in Belgium.
“He’ll come again extra skilled, positively, and having spoken to him he’s hungry to get on the pitch and assist the crew.
“I’m delighted to be working with Lawrence once more, we labored with him earlier than for a protracted time period and he proved himself at Ayr United after which at Dundee United.
“It’s sensible to have him on the membership, he’s a improbable man within the dressing room, he’s grounded, laborious working and hopefully he’ll are available and I’m greater than assured he’ll do the enterprise on the pitch.”
Shankland scored 28 objectives in all competitors as Dundee United gained the Championship title beneath Neilson in 2020 earlier than discovering the web eight instances within the Premiership with Micky Mellon in cost.
Former Rangers and Scotland midfielder McCulloch believes Shankland is able to rediscovering the scoring kind he confirmed beneath Neilson.
He added: “He positively has it in him, it’d take him somewhat little bit of time to settle as a result of it’s a brand new membership.
“I’m greater than assured he’ll are available and do effectively for the crew.
“You’ll be able to’t neglect we’ve nonetheless acquired Liam Boyce and he’s greater than able to scoring objectives.
“I believe the competitors for locations is there now. If it’s two of them taking part in for simply the one – that’s the managers name – they’ll each be able to go.”
Hearts followers are more likely to see Shankland in motion for the primary time in at this time’s pleasant at residence to Stoke Metropolis after his registration didn’t come by in time for Wednesday’s 2-1 loss in Preston.
McCulloch insists the ahead’s recreation is just not all about discovering the web.
He stated: “In my view Shanks brings extra than simply objectives to a crew and that’s what the supervisor will probably be asking of him.
“He’s been capped for Scotland, he scored as effectively. He’s a pure aim scorer however he’s a extremely good soccer participant, which lots of people get away from due to his objectives and that’s all all people talks about.
“He’ll are available when referred to as upon and I’m greater than assured he’ll do effectively.”
McCulloch, in the meantime, insists the go to of Championship aspect Stoke Metropolis is the best problem forward of subsequent week’s Premiership curtain raiser in opposition to Ross County.
He added: “We’re progressing alongside very properly by way of the place we wish to be, that was a very good take a look at for us in opposition to Preston.
“We have to construct on that once more on Saturday because it’s the final recreation earlier than the actual ball comes out.
“We’ll be seeking to deliver a little bit of a aggressive edge to it, particularly going into the Ross County recreation the next week.”