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.

19th May 2019; Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League football, Hibernian versus Aberdeen; Stevie Mallan of Hibernian breaks away from Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen

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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.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - APRIL 03: Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen strikes on goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie Stadium on April 3, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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“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.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 18: Paul McGowan of Dundee tackles Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Dundee at Pittodrie Stadium on December 18, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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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.

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