Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie’s future has been up for debate as his Pittodrie contract enters its final few months – but suggestions of a move to Rangers are crazy as Gerrard’s side don’t need the 27-year-old.
The midfielder has been a stalwart for the Dons since signing from Inverness Caley Thistle but it looks like his days in the Granite City are coming to an end.
Fans have touted him for a move to Ibrox – where brother Andrew once plied his trade – and Daily Record journalist Gavin Berry added fuel to the fire when he claimed on their podcast that he believes Shinnie will join the Gers this summer.
With an already packed midfield, it is hard to see where Shinnie would fit into the side under Steven Gerrard.
Scott Arfield, Glen Kamara, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Jack, Jordan Rossiter, Greg Docherty, Matt Polster and Steven Davis are all likely to be fighting it out for places next season as it is and Shinnie isn’t a big enough improvement on any of them to merit signing him.
He hardly brings a wealth of top-level experience with him either with a career spent in Inverness and Aberdeen hardly.
There’s no doubting that he’s a consistent, reliable performer for Aberdeen but that’s not all that he needs to be a success at Ibrox.
The Gers need to type of players who can change games in an instant with a bit of class – Shinnie is more the type of player who’ll work hard and give you a 7/10 performance every week.
Rangers already have plenty of that sort of player.
If he does move to Ibrox then he’ll likely pick up where he left off at Aberdeen and continue to be Mr Reliable in the middle of the park – but he’s not the sort of player who is going to win Rangers trophies.