Graeme Shinnie says he is pleased to be in the Derby County plans after a frustrating start to life at Pride Park.
The Scotland international moved to the Rams from Aberdeen during the summer. After a frustrating start which didn’t see him make his league debut until October, Shinnie has now played six Championship games.
It has been rewarded with a recall to Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad and the midfielder admits he’s just happy to be back playing.
“It was frustrating at first,” Shinnie told the Daily Record (page 69, 15/11/19). “I wasn’t getting any chances. I wasn’t even coming off the bench and some games I was watching from the stands.
“But I kept my head down and worked as hard as I could to try and force my way in. Eventually I got a chance and took it well. Luckily I’ve played six games since. It’s been up and down in terms of results but from a playing point of view I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve played every game since so I think that tells me enough.
“I don’t really need a manager to tell me, I can kind of gauge it from my own point of view. It’s important I keep building on what I’ve started and try to keep my place.”
Scotland man Shinnie is doing well for Derby
Since his breakthrough into Phillip Cocu’s plans, Shinnie has been pretty solid. He’s scored one and has turned in a number of solid displays in the Rams engine room.
Whilst he has earned his place in Derby’s midfield, he has a bit of work to do to make his way into Scotland’s. He watched from the bench as the Scots beat Cyprus 2-1.
With John McGinn, Ryan Jack, Callum McGregor, John Fleck and Scott McTominay just some of the names ahead of him, the midfielder has his work cut out if he wants to feature regularly for Clarke.
He’ll be pleased though that his Derby career finally has lift off though.