It won’t have escaped the notice of Celtic fans that Aberdeen defeated Rangers 2-0 in their Scottish Cup replay on Tuesday night.
The Hoops will now take on the Dons in next month’s semi-final. One player who stood out for Aberdeen in both of those games is Graeme Shinnie. He dominated the Ibrox’s side midfield in both fixtures.
He is a player that the Hoops should consider making a move for. Shinnie could be a natural long-term replacement for Scott Brown.
Brown is coming towards the end of his career. You have to imagine the recent contract he signed will be his last. Meanwhile, Shinnie looks to be in the prime of his career.
Interestingly, Shinnie’s contract expires at the end of the season. Celtic don’t seem to have been linked with signing the player, which seems absurd.
Can learn from skipper
If Shinnie signed for the Hoops, he could spend the next two seasons learning from Brown. Then he can eventually take his place in the team.
Shinnie looks like a player Neil Lennon would like. He seems to be moulded in Lennon’s image. A tough midfielder who likes to keep his foot on the ball.
It would be a boost for next season having a player like Shinnie on Celtic’s boots. Only time will tell if the Hoops deicide to make a move for the player.