Derby County have a big Scottish contingency on their books. With Ikechi Anya, Craig Forsyth, Chris Martin and Calum MacDonald all Scottish players at their disposal, they could have another to add to that list in the summer transfer window.
Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie is reportedly in talks with the Pride Park side according to the Scotsman. The Dons midfielder would be a great midfield addition for the Rams no doubt, but it may shift another Scottish international out the door.
Craig Bryson has been linked with a move from Frank Lampard’s men when his contract expires in the summer. His destination could be the Scottish Premiership, with reported interest from Hearts and former employers Kilmarnock.
Bryson and Shinnie both play a similar role for their sides. With the current Rams midfielder on the wrong side of 30, could a move to Derbyshire for the Dons captain open up the door for a Scottish Premiership return for Bryson?
They could still play together next year
The former Killie midfielder has been great for Derby. Playing over 200 times in white, he has cemented himself as a modern hero at Pride Park. In the past couple of seasons though, he has looked a yard off the pace. Still possessing that creative and technical ability fans have came to expect, games tend to pass Bryson by due to the speed they are played at.
He showed on Saturday though he can still do a job for the Rams. He scored once in a 4-0 win over struggling Bolton. Whilst perhaps he can’t compete as well at the age of 32 against top teams in the Championship, he certainly can become a great squad player at Pride Park.
At this stage in each midfielder’s career, Shinnie would be an upgrade. He can run that bit harder than Bryson and is coming into the peak of his career. Bryson is on a steady decline, but would be a great deputy for the Dons midfielder.
If he doesn’t want to sit on the bench, a move to Hearts or Killie would be a great choice to fully wind down his career. Midfield is an area where both teams may need to strengthen in the summer. The Rams man would be a great addition, adding experience and class to both sides.
It’s hard to tell what will happen with both midfielders. There are a wide range of scenarios that could play out. If Shinnie is to move to Pride Park though, it’s hard to imagine Bryson getting much of a look in.
If he wants game time next year, the former Killie man should look at Tynecastle or Rugby Park as his next destination. They would both provide great homes to this classy midfielder.