Lawrence Shankland (born 10 August 1995) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ayr United.
He previously had loan spells with Dunfermline Athletic, St Mirren and Greenock Morton whilst contracted to Aberdeen.
Shankland was born in Glasgow and attended Bannerman High School in Baillieston. He progressed through the Queen's Park youth system and was their top goalscorer in the 2012–13 season, having moved to the senior squad straight from the under-17 team. He also represented Scotland under-18s in Victory Shield matches against the other home nations in 2012. Shankland signed for Aberdeen at the end of the season. He was one of three Queen's Park players to move to top flight Scottish clubs at that time, as Andy Robertson and Aidan Connolly signed for Dundee United. Another young 2012–13 Queen's Park player Blair Spittal also later made the move to Dundee United in 2014.
Shankland was initially placed in the Aberdeen under-20 squad, as he adjusted to full-time professional training. Shankland made his debut appearance for Aberdeen in September 2014, in a 3–2 victory against Inverness CT. After impressing in the Under 20s, scoring plenty of goals, and making first team appearances as a substitute, Shankland signed a new contract which ran until summer 2017, however he was loaned to lower-division clubs for the vast majority of its duration. At the end of the 2016–17 season, Aberdeen confirmed that Shankland would be leaving the club.
He moved to Dunfermline Athletic on loan for the latter part of the 2013–14 season. The 18-year-old striker scored seven league goals during his short spell in Fife, however injury prevented him taking part in the Pars' end-of-season promotion play-off with local rivals Cowdenbeath which ended in defeat.
He was loaned to St Mirren in August 2015 for the rest of the 2015–16 season. Shankland scored his first goal for Saints in a 2–1 home defeat to Raith Rovers on 18 September 2015. Shankland scored 10 goals in 32 appearances during his loan spell, and returned to Aberdeen at the end of the season.
In July 2016 it was confirmed that Shankland had returned to Paisley, once again joining St Mirren on a season-long loan. However, his loan deal with St Mirren was cut short and on 11 January 2017, Shankland moved on loan to fellow Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton. After helping the club to a 4th-place finish, his final appearance for Morton was in the Scottish Premiership playoff defeat to Dundee United.
In September 2017, free agent Shankland signed a short-term contract to play for Scottish League One club Ayr United until the following January.
Shankland was first selected for the Scotland national under-21 football team in March 2015. He made his debut in a match against Hungary, scoring both goals for Scotland in a 2–1 victory.As of 19 September 2017