So a report from the Bristol Post has been going about regarding potential Celtic interest in Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie.
At this stage, it’s difficult to take that with anything more than a pinch of salt.
Shinnie is suspended for this Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash between the Dons and Celtic. It could easily be the case of putting two and two together and getting five. But the report believes that the Hoops could be rivalling Rangers and Bristol City for the Aberdeen captain’s signature.
Make no mistake, this isn’t intended to be an absolute roast of Shinnie. He’s done fine work in Aberdeen, and deserves credit for making the step up from Inverness nearly four years ago.
The former Caley Thistle grafter is such a dogged player. He likes to get in opponents’ faces and make meaty challenges. In a way, he’s Aberdeen’s answer to Scott Brown – with half the ability right enough.
So looking at this move logically – what on earth would Celtic have to gain from trying to sign Shinnie? Just because he’s a free agent in the summer doesn’t mean we should jump on him.
Firstly, who on earth would the Dons captain rival at Celtic, nevermind displace? Brown will always be in there, and playing Shinnie ahead of the likes of Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, or Olivier Ntcham is just a laughable suggestion.
Would never get into our team
If he arrived at Parkhead, he shouldn’t be any higher than fifth choice in the centre of our midfield.
But more pertinently, just how does signing Shinnie help improve us? Celtic simply have to have one eye on European progression. Signing the likes of Shinnie for nothing is the kind of unambitious move our board has to avoid to stop supporters becoming disillusioned.
Shinnie deserves great credit for playing in every single game for Aberdeen this season. His commitment to their cause is outstanding. But at the same time, just because he plays in every game doesn’t make him a big addition to us.
Just look at his recent disastrous performance for Scotland in Kazakhstan. Yes, he was out of position, but this is an area he’s supposed to be comfortable in.
The Dons midfielder has been run all over by Celtic midfields over the past three years. He’s not like a John McGinn, who at times bossed us last season and proved he could add something into the mix.
You have to imagine even Celtic would be laughing at this idea in the boardroom. Here’s hoping at the very least!
Shinnie is a good player, and has become a hero in Aberdeen. But Celtic quality? Spare us please.