Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has admitted that he hopes his side can pick up three points tomorrow against Hibs for departing captain Graeme Shinnie.

Shinnie will join Derby later this summer and McInnes told how the Dons skipper was “hell-bent” on being fit for the final two games of the season after missing a number of games.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - APRIL 03: Niall McGinn of Aberdeen makes it 3-1 and celebrates with manager Derek McInnes and Graeme Shinnie during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Motherwell at Pittodrie Stadium on April 3, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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McInnes said it was “important” for Shinnie to be involved in the final two games as the Dons aim to secure a Europa League spot for next season.

“For Graeme, I spoke about his relentless will to make sure he played in these last two games and it says everything about him and it says everything about everything we’re going to lose,” McInnes said, as quoted by STV.

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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“Not just the player, but the man. He was hell-bent on making sure he was involved in these two games.

“He’s had a good week’s work and I think he needed the game last week and it was important for him and us to be on the pitch.

“He’ll be there to take the team out on Sunday and hopefully we can get three points for him and everybody connected to the club.”

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Graeme Shinnie of Aberdeen and Manager Derek McInnes wave at full time during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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The Dons also need to hope the result between Kilmarnock and Rangers goes in their favour or they’ll have an anxious wait to discover if they’ll be playing Europe.

Should the Dons finish the season behind Kilmarnock, they’ll need Celtic to win the Scottish Cup for them to earn a reprieve and win a place in the Europa League.

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