Kris Boyd has urged Rangers manager Steven Gerrard to sign Derby County’s Graeme Shinnie.
Boyd represented the likes of Rangers, Kilmarnock, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest in his playing career, and is now writing his own column in The Scottish Sun.
Last night he wrote how Gerrard should move for Shinnie after Andrew Halliday’s release this week, saying:
“For all I doubted he was good enough for the international set-up — which I stand by — he knows Scottish football inside out and is someone who gives everything whenever he steps out on to the pitch.
“With Halliday gone he’s versatile enough to play in different roles. It’s the kind Rangers will need in the next 12 months if they’re to finally stop Celtic winning title after title.”
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Shinnie, 28, represented both Inverness CT and Aberdeen before joining Derby last summer. He’s struggled with injury this season but has featured 14 times in the Championship so far, and has impressed at his new club.
Whilst all football clubs face a contested transfer window, with prices plummeting and funding cut short, Shinnie could well be one of many to depart from Derby County this summer.
Gerrard has had a competent first season in management but came under scrutiny towards the end of the season, with Celtic having since been crowned champions of Scotland for the ninth season running.
Shinnie has proved a fine signing by Derby and if he were fit for the entirety of the season, he would’ve likely played a much more important role in the side.
But he’s still proved his worth at Pride Park and Ibrox could well be a good fit for the Scot, who could end up leaving Derby for pennies if the current climate has its say.