Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted that club captain Graeme Shinnie may have played his last game for the Dons ahead of a likely summer exit.
McInnes confirmed that the midfielder is a “doubt” for the remaining four games of the season as his contract ticks down and a likely move to Derby nears.
Shinnie picked up an ankle injury in the closing stages of the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend – and McInnes hinted that it could well be it for his Pittodrie career.
“I have to say he (Shinnie) will be a doubt for the remaining games,” McInnes told the Evening Express.
“It is not good. His ankle is a bit of a mess.
“We will see how it goes.”
Shinnie was spotted at Pride Park for talks before the Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic and McInnes admits that it is “extremely unlikely” that he’ll remain an Aberdeen player.
“I think there is a chance (he’ll stay) but it is extremely unlikely, truth be told,” the Dons boss said.
Shinnie has made 185 appearances for the Pittodrie side since his move from Inverness Caley Thistle in 2015.
Despite spending four years in the Granite City, the Scotland international failed to get his hands on any silverware but did help McInnes’ side to three successive second-place finishes in the league.
The Dons have offered a new contract to Shinnie, with the Evening Express reporting that it would make him the highest-paid player at the club and hand him a testimonial.