Barry Ferguson has told PLZ Soccer that Rangers should avoid signing Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie this summer because he is simply not good enough for the Ibrox club.
Shinnie, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season and has long been linked with a move to Ibrox. But the Express have recently reported that Shinnie and his agent have turned the Teddy Bears down.
It appears that Luton Town are currently winning the race for Shinnie, as promotion to the English Championship looks inevitable. It remains to be seen what decision Shinnie makes.
But ex-Rangers skipper Ferguson does not believe left-footed Shinnie would break into the senior side at Rangers, and urged his old club to start signing players that are good enough to jump into the first 11 straight away.
“He’s a good player,” Ferguson said. “I can understand why Rangers and some Championship clubs are looking at him. He is Aberdeen’s driving force in the middle of the park.
“Is he going to come into the Rangers team? I doubt it. Rangers need to sign players that will go straight into the starting eleven. He is a good player.”
Shinnie has been one of the stand-out performers in Aberdeen’s side during the tussles with Rangers. His hard-working, steely style of play has been the undoing of the Gers in the final third.
Rangers need a player who is more than willing to stick a boot in, or put their head on the line in midfield. Though the likes of Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield are all top players, they’re light weight.
Adding Shinnie into the mix will give Rangers the ability to play dirty. Something they have been lacking under Steven Gerrard.