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Lawrence Shankland says Hearts feels like 'home' as he vows never to disrespect the club

Hearts and Scotland hitman Lawrence Shankland
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Lawrence Shankland insists he would never disrespect Hearts, with a possible summer exit on the cards.

The Jambos frontman scooped just about every personal accolade in Scotland after a remarkable 31-goal season at Tynecastle. Shankland was crowned PFA Player of the Year and also ended the campaign as the Premiership's top scorer after firing Steven Naismith's side to third spot - guaranteeing the Edinburgh outfit European group stage football in 2024/25.

The 28-year-old is currently on international duty with Scotland and should be a cert to be on the plane to Germany when Steve Clarke finalises his 26-man squad in the coming week. But as he enters the final 12 months of his deal in Gorgie, Shankland's incredible goalscoring exploits has inevitably seen him linked with a big-money move elsewhere.

Rangers were heavily linked with a swoop for the goal machine in January, but a bid was never tabled. Philippe Clement could yet launch a move this summer but Shankland says he takes no notice of the headlines surrounding his future.

He told FourFourTwo: "Honestly? I see it as noise in the background. If anything, it's a sign that I'm doing something right. It's not something I'm hyping up, so I just let it wash over me and concentrate on football. That will always be the priority for me. On top of that, I would never disrespect Hearts. They've been great for me, and I like to think I've been good for them in return."

Shankland had represented eight different clubs before arriving at Hearts from Beerschot in 2022. Asked if he feels settled, he added: "I'd say so, yeah. I bounced around a little bit. Maybe I jumped at opportunities and experiences. But I do feel at home now and that can only be a good thing for your football. Having babies helps as well, even if it leads to a few sleepless nights!"