Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen are just one of numerous sides in their division currently weighing up a move for Wigan Athletic midfielder Graeme Shinnie, according to an update from The Scottish Sun (3/6; 7:30am).
The 30-year-old has made ten league appearances for the Latics since his move to the DW Stadium in January, arriving for a fee of just £30,000 from Derby County with the Rams needing to offload players at that point.
Despite establishing himself as a vital first-teamer one of the most experienced heads at Pride Park during the first half of the 2021/22 campaign, the East Midlands outfit’s fall into administration proved to be the crucial factor in his departure.
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Taking the step down to the third tier though, he hasn’t exactly been one of the first names on the teamsheet for Leam Richardson’s side and that doesn’t bode well for the 30-year-old considering their promotion, with Shinnie potentially being pushed down the pecking order by new arrivals this summer.
Although he has been a regular in the matchday squad, he has spent much of his spell in Great Manchester as an unused substitute thus far and with this, he could potentially be set for another transfer in the coming months.
At 30, Shinnie is arguably in the peak of his career and he needs to make the most of that, so securing a move away to a club where he will win regular first-team football would be ideal for him.
If he is to be a more regular player next term, remaining put at his current side wouldn’t be the worst option considering they will be plying their trade in the second tier next term.
However, their reported pursuit of Sam Morsy could potentially put the final nail in the coffin of his career at the DW Stadium and this is why he needs to consider his options in the coming months, with a return to the Scottish top tier potentially attractive for him.
Considering the way he was forced to leave Derby, he may feel as though he has unfinished business in the East Midlands but with his contract not expiring this summer and the Rams restricted in who they can recruit, this deal looks impossible.
As well as this, Liam Thompson has stepped up to the first team well and Wayne Rooney will be wary about potentially hindering the 20-year-old’s progression if Shinnie was to return, with Max Bird and Jason Knight two other decent options to have in the third tier.