Graeme Shinnie has warned Scott Brown that he believes this season’s SPFL title is heading for IBROX.
After four years spent with Aberdeen in which he won NOTHING the midfielder decided to join Derby County rather than get a close-up view of more trophy successes for the Celtic skipper.
Shinnie tried to manufacture some sort of rivalry with Brown but other than put in dangerous challenges in the closing minutes of matches the hoops midfielder rarely noticed his bearded opponents.
During one match last season Brown took a written note off Shinnie and handed it over to the Celtic bench.
Last night Shinnie scored his first goal for Derby as they beat Wigan 1-0 which earned him a call from TalkSPORT as The Sun reported:
Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “I think it’s going to be an exciting one this year. It’s going to be a lot closer than we’ve had over the last couple of years.
“I think Rangers are strong this year but you can never rule Celtic out and what they’ve achieved in the last three years. I don’t know, you’re putting me on the spot. If I had to say one, I would probably say Rangers are looking the strongest just now.”
Last night’s win lifted Derby into 14th place with Phillip Cocu’s plans for the season decimated by disciplinary problems after a team bonding exercise went badly wrong.
Richard Keogh is out of action for the rest of the season with two players convicted of drunk driving resulting in Shinnie getting a run in the side.
Since his appearance against Kazakhstan in March Shinnie has dropped out of the Scotland squad.