Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a move for Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie in the summer – and admits that it is part and parcel of being Rangers boss.

The Aberdeen captain is out of contract in the summer and has been suggested as a potential target this summer for Gerrard’s side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Gers boss insisted that he won’t be speaking about possible targets while the transfer window is closed, sayigmg that it wasn’t the right time.

“It’s all speculation. It’s part of being the Rangers manager,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Express.

“Every time I get my media briefing or clips, we are linked with five or six different players.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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“I won’t be getting involved in a comment on Graeme or any other player for that matter.

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“Especially during the season, when the window is shut.

 

“I don’t think it’s the right time to be talking about ins and outs.”

Shinnie started his career at Inverness Caley Thistle before joining the Dons in 2015.

COWDENBEATH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 30: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the rearranged Scottish Cup match between Cowdenbeath and Rangers at Central Park on January 30, 2019 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland.

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This season the Scotland international has played in 38 games in all competitions, scoring four goals and contributing four assists for the Dons.

With Shinnie capable of playing in central midfield or at left-back, his versatility might appeal to the Gers boss as he looks to strengthen his squad.

If Shinnie does join the Gers, he would be the second successive Aberdeen captain to head to Ibrox after his contract ran out following Ryan Jack’s move from the Granite City in 2016.