Derek McInnes has sent out a rather ominous warning about the future of Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie.
Shinnie’s contract runs out at the end of the season and as yet no new deal has been agreed.
The Dons manager revealed to BBC Sport that Shinnie will provide ‘clarity’ on his future in the next fortnight.
“Hopefully we can get some clarity on that next week or the week after” McInnes began.
“We’ve had one or two discussions and obviously wanted to get this window out without adding more” he continued.
Shinnie has been a key man for the Dons under the management of McInnes.
He has helped to lead the Pittodrie side to three consecutive runners-up finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
Of course, the worry that Aberdeen fans will have is that Shinnie will leave for nothing at the end of the season.
They saw what happened with Ryan Jack, who joined Rangers on a free in June 2017.
A repeat of that would be hugely difficult for Aberdeen’s fans to deal with.
Reading between the lines, it seems that McInnes isn’t entirely confident that Shinnie will still be an Aberdeen player next season.
If that is the case he will be a very difficult player to replace, and one that Aberdeen will badly miss.