Former Aberdeen skipper Russell Anderson says he can understand why the club’s current skipper Graeme Shinnie elected to join Derby County.
Shinnie will join the Rams on a three-year deal in the summer. He elected to not sign a new deal at Pittodrie.
Doesn’t blame the player
Anderson has admitted that the Dons will miss Anderson. However, he can’t blame the player for moving to a club who could be promoted to the Premier League.
Derby are currently in the Championship play-offs, and are potentially three games away from the Premier League.
“I think most fair-minded people will recognise he’s going to a club that’s still in with a chance of being promoted to the Premier League” he said, as reported by the Evening Express.
“The pecking order”
“It’s the nature of football these days and the pecking order of where we find ourselves in Scotland.”
There is no doubt that Shinnie will be a huge miss for the Dons. Not only next season, but in the years to come.
He has been a huge part of Aberdeen’s recent success. The Dons have been the closest challengers to Celtic in recent years. Shinnie has been a big reason for that.
But now Derek McInnes must find a way to get Aberdeen back in contention for the title with one of their key men. He has done it before, however, it will be difficult to replicate.