Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has vented his anger at criticism of his side’s captain Graeme Shinnie. Shinnie found himself under fire after a poor performance in Scotland’s 3-0 loss to Kazakhstan.
But McInnes has hit back at the critics of the Dons skipper.
“For Graeme to have taken so much criticism has really angered me over the last little while. It is bang out of order” McInnes told the Press and Journal.
The Dons boss is confident that the player will quickly get over his Scotland disappointment.
“Graeme will bounce back quickly. He is that type of player. If I could have a team full of Graeme Shinnies I would have them. I would not swap him for anyone.”
That is certainly high praise from the Aberdeen boss. It is understandable why he wants to keep his player’s confidence up though.
Shinnie still has a big part to play for the Dons this season, particularly in their aim to finish third in the Scottish Premiership.
McInnes’ praise could also be a way of persuading Shinnie to sign a new contract with the Dons. His deal expires at the end of the season.
It will be interesting to see how Shinnie fares in his next appearance for Aberdeen – against Hearts on Saturday. McInnes at least sounds confident that the player will bounce back from his international performance.