Shankland 'the best all-round striker' Scotland have

Lawrence Shankland
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One of the key debates among fans and pundits during Scotland's disappointing Euro 2024 campaign was who should be leading the line for Steve Clarke's side.

Lawrence Shankland scored 31 goals in all competitions for Hearts last season, but was not picked to start any of Scotland's three group games, with Che Adams selected as the lone striker.

For a long time now, questions have been asked as to whether the Hearts captain can carry his domestic form onto the international stage and whether he has the pace to stretch defences.

Former Scotland striker Kenny Miller thinks Shankland undoubtedly has the required ability.

"For me, Lawrence Shankland is the best all-round striker we've got," Miller told Sportsound.

"If you get the ball into him, he'll hold it up better than the others. We need someone capable of getting hold of the ball."

On the other hand, former Scotland midfielder John Collins says Scotland's system and their non-use of wingers doesn't suit Shankland's style of play.

"The reason he hasn't played is because he hasn't got the legs and the mobility," Collins said. "He's successful in Scottish football because he's getting the ball in and around the box; we're a team that were never in the box.

If Shankland was a yard quicker, Collins believes he would be worth £30m, such are his other strengths.

"He can't run away from somebody and race away from a centre-half; he's a finisher," Collins added.

"The reason he's not been bought for lots of money is because every scout watching him can see that. A guy that's scored 31 goals, otherwise you'd want £30m."