Hearts boss Robbie Neilson excited to work with Lawrence Shankland again

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is relishing the opportunity to work with Lawrence Shankland again after the Tynecastle club landed the Scottish striker on a three-year deal.

The Jambos paid an undisclosed fee to sign the 26-year-old from Belgian club Beerschot.

The move reunites Neilson with Shankland, as the attacker scored 28 goals under the manager during their time together at Dundee United in the Covid-stunted 2019-20 campaign.

“I am very happy that I was able to bring Lawrence to the club,” Neilson told the Hearts website.

“He is a player I know well from our time together at Dundee United. I know exactly what his qualities are and what he will bring to the team, and that is why we put so much effort into making him a Hearts player.

“I know he will receive a great welcome and I am looking forward to working with him again.”

Shankland is closing in on 150 career goals, with his most prolific form at Ayr and Dundee United before moving to Belgium last summer.

Although his move abroad did not go as planned, Hearts, who will play in the European group stage this season for the first time since 2004, believe they have struck a blow by signing an international player four times with Scotland between October 2019 and November 2020. .

Sporting director Joe Savage said: “We’ve always said we want to add quality over quantity and that’s what we have in Lawrence, a top quality footballer.

“It is a big deal for the club, in terms of player caliber and financial outlay, and once again we have been endorsed by our board of directors and receive their full support in our aim to build a team capable of challenging on two fronts.

“I know our fans will be excited about this one and I’m thrilled that we were able to make it happen.”