Rangers have been linked with a move for Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie for almost a month now. Latest reports from Bristol Post also indicates the same. However, in a significant twist, Celtic are also said to be interested in this Scottish international. Promotion chasers Bristol City are also fighting for Shinnie’s signature.
Why clubs are after Shinnie?
The 27-year-old is currently the captain of the Dons side but is in the final few months of his contract with them. There are no indications yet that the McInnes would offer him a new deal. Therefore the player is going to be available on a free transfer in the summer which makes him a no-risk signing for any club that gets him on board.
What will Shinnie bring to the table?
Traditionally a left back; the 27-year-old has thrived for his side in the defensive midfield role this season. His versatility to play in various positions could come in handy. Shinnie can carry the ball from the back, and he reads the game well as a defensive midfielder.
He is often committed in his challenges, and his tenacity in the middle of the park is his major asset. To top it all of, the Scotsman is a leader on and off the pitch. On a free transfer, he could be a decent bet for quite a few clubs.
Should Rangers be worried about interest from Celtic?
Shinnie is likely being seen as a squad player for Celtic, and he is not that kind of player who can be termed as a game changer. Even if Celtic manages to sign him over Rangers, we don’t see him making a significant impact in their team. Therefore missing out on him shouldn’t be a big loss for Gerrard.
Does Gerrard need him?
The straight answer will be no. Defensive midfield is one area where Rangers are well covered at the moment. Even as a left-back, Shinnie doesn’t make a case for himself as the Bears have got Borna Barisic and Andy Halliday for that position. Even Jon Flanagan can fill in the left back spot when required.
Almost all the midfielders that Rangers have are conservative in nature, and quite a few of them can do a job in the defensive midfield role. We don’t see Shinnie being an upgrade over Ryan Jack or Ross McCrorie, so Gerrard would be better of avoiding this signing.