Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has paid tribute to departing captain skipper Graeme Shinnie by saying he has given “everything” for the Dons – and even risked his long-term fitness in the final weeks of the season.
Shinnie will join Derby County this summer and returned to the Dons side for the final fixtures as they looked to pip Kilmarnock to third in the league.
McInnes told how Shinnie “Should probably not have” featured in the final games but insists that mentality “says everything” about the Scotland international.
“Shinnie should probably not have been on the pitch for the last couple of games with that ankle,” McInnes told the Evening Express.
“Medically he was putting himself at risk but he played the games and that says everything about Shinnie.
“He has given me everything, he has given us everything.”
Shinnie made a total of 188 appearances for the Dons during his time at Pittodrie and succeeded Ryan Jack as captain.
The midfielder will join Derby County in the summer once his Dons contract runs out and could well be featuring in the Premier League next season.
With the possibility of playing in one of the best leagues in the world next season, Shinnie will be glad there have been no adverse effects to putting his fitness at risk for Aberdeen.